District Court Says Members of Congress Have Standing to Sue President for Emoluments Violations

On Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Steven D. Schwinn reports that Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (D.D.C.) ruled in Blumenthal v. Trump that members of Congress have standing to sue President Trump for violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. At the same time, Judge Sullivan declined to rule on the President’s other three arguments for dismissal–that the plaintiffs lack a cause of action, that they’ve failed to state a claim (because the President’s business interests aren’t “emoluments” under the Clause), and that injunctive relief sought is unconstitutional. Thus, the ruling is a set-back for the President, but Judge Sullivan may yet end up dismissing the case on other grounds. Here’s the text of the memorandum opinion.

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