Federal Judge Makes Dramatic Pre-Midterm Ruling Against Trump Business Empire

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Donald Trump may be convinced that his money, his fame, and now his election to the Oval Office that he’s immune from being held accountable for his actions, but a federal judge in Maryland today proved him wrong.

According to The Washington Post:

‘U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., denied the Justice Department’s request that he pause the case to allow a higher court to intervene. And Messitte sharply questioned the president’s position that his business does not improperly accept gifts or payments — called emoluments — as defined by the Constitution.

‘By Trump’s analysis, Messitte wrote, the term emoluments is the subject of such “substantial grounds of disagreement” that payments his business received from foreign governments could not qualify. The judge did not agree: “The Court finds this a dubious proposition.”’

Since the first day of Trump’s presidency, the emoluments clause has been an issue. Trump posed during his first presidential press conference next to ridiculously tall stacks of paper he said were the documents signing his international business ties over to his sons, Don, Jr. and Eric, but no one was allowed to actually view these documents.

Nor has anyone been allowed to view Trump’s tax returns, which would solve the issue without a court case. Trump, however, has nixed that idea, becoming the first presidential candidate in modern history to refuse to release them during the campaigns. Releasing those returns would have proven that Trump was in no way compromised through financial ties to foreign governments.

That didn’t happen, so now Trump is stuck with a lawsuit. Apparently, he’s not getting out of it, either.

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