References to the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution have peppered reports in recent years, with claims of violating the clause leveled at various high-profile officials, including the President of the United States. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court shot down Democrats’ attempts to revive a lawsuit alleging that President Trump violated the clause by accepting money from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel, while controversial new reports alleged that the Biden family may have been involved in an “influence-peddling racket.”
So what is the Emoluments Clause?
An emolument is defined as “the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites.” The United States Constitution references “emoluments” in three provisions, which are often described either individually or collectively as the “Emoluments Clause.” These are the “Foreign Emoluments Clause,” the “Domestic Emoluments Clause,” and the “Ineligibility Clause.”
The Foreign Emoluments Clause — Article I, Section 9, Clause 8
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