The Supreme Court has rejected a plea to take a case proposed by 29 Senate Dems who claim that President Trump violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits self-dealing by federal officeholders. In February, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the senators lacked the legal right to sue the President effectively prompting the senators to attempt to have the Supreme Court review their ruling. The denial leaves the current ruling by the Circuit Court in place.
In their brief, Democrats alleged that Trump is accepting “unauthorized financial benefits from foreign states,” because of his ownership of multiple companies that have business with foreign governments.
According to reports from The Hill:
“The Members can, and likely will, continue to use their weighty voices to make their case to the American people, their colleagues in the Congress and the President himself, all of whom are free to engage that argument as they see fit,” the judges wrote.
“But we will not — indeed we cannot — participate in this debate.”
The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to take up two other emoluments lawsuits against the president after a pair of lower courts ruled that suits brought by the liberal nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland could move forward.
The lawmakers’ lawsuit that was rejected by the high court on Tuesday hit a roadblock in the lower courts largely because when they filed it in June 2017, Democrats did not represent the majority of either congressional chamber.