President Donald Trump scored a major victory last week when the Senate voted to acquit him on both articles of impeachment.
It wasn’t the president’s only win, however, because on Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to rule on whether he had violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, finding that the case — brought by a cadre of Democrat lawmakers, did not belong in the court system, according to The Hill.
Found in Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution, the clause at issue reads, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Democratic lawmakers tried to use this prohibition as the basis for a lawsuit against the president, arguing that the president unlawfully reaps profits when foreign governments and their representatives patronize his private business enterprises.
However, in a 3-0 decision, the court threw out the suit, deciding that the members of Congress who brought the suit lacked the requisite legal standing to do so.
“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 opinion stated.
“But,” the panel of judges concluded, “we will not — indeed we cannot — participate in this debate.”
The wins keep coming
The ruling left Trump in a decidedly celebratory mood. “It just came out a few minutes ago, so I’ll be reading it on the helicopter but it was a total win,” he told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.
“It was another phony case and we won it three to nothing,” the president added. “We won it unanimously.”
He later offered additional comments on Twitter, saying, “Another win just in. Nervous Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress sued me, thrown out. This one unanimous, in the D.C. Circuit. Witch Hunt!”
The emoluments decision comes soon after the Supreme Court handed the administration another victory by allowing implementation of a new Department of Homeland Security rule that makes it easier for the government to deny green cards to immigrants who rely on federal public assistance programs.
“This decision allows the Government to implement regulations effectuating longstanding Federal law that newcomers to this country must be financially self-sufficient and not a ‘public charge’ on our country and its citizens,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham remarked at the time.