CREW and The Emoluments Case

Ken AshfordEmoluments Violation, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Back in January, I wrote about a lawsuit brought against Donald Trump, filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) which sought a declaratory judgment that Donald Trump, having not divested himself of his hotels in DC, is in violations of the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.

As I wrote back then, one of the problems for the lawsuit had to do with the fact that the plaintiff, CREW, did not have standing by virtue of the fact that it cannot claim actual injury by the fact that Trump has violated — and continues to violate — the Emoluments Clause.

I write now to update the reader on that point. ┬áSince that time, other plaintiffs have joined the suit — most notably and recently, Eric Goode, a hotel owner, who can and does assert that he will lose guests from foreign governments to Trump’s hotels, as other governments will go to Trump or Trump-brand hotels to curry favor with the President.

I attach the Second Amended Complaint below.

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