Tuesday marked quite an important day for American politics as the Supreme Court refused to take up the case where President Trump was accused of violating strict clauses of the Constitution. 29 Democrats from the Senate had alleged that the President had violated the Emoluments Clause, which brought a prohibition against self-dealing federal officeholders. The legislators had previously asked the Supreme Court to start reviewing a ruling in February by a panel of three judges in the Court of Appeals at Washington. The ruling had stated that the senators didn’t have the legal authority to sue President Trump.
The basic premise of the lawmakers was that the President continued to own several different enterprises strewn across the country which had dealings with foreign companies. And this acceptance of unauthorized financial gains from foreign countries went strictly against the Constitution. With the denial of the Supreme Court, the petition of the Democrats’ just couldn’t garner any support- not even from 4 justices. In February, the Circuit Court panel of Washington D.C. brought up a ruling that such courts weren’t the proper venue for such an argument. But the judges did mention that the members would probably bring their opinions before the American people, and their colleagues in the Congress- and they were free to discuss this argument as they saw fit.
This hasn’t been the first time when the Supreme court has been brought in to look at the Emoluments Clause against President Trump. There have been two other such lawsuits against the President- which came into existence after a pair of courts down the hierarchy decided to move the case ahead- Citizens of Responsibility and Ethics in Washington vs President Trump, as they are calling it.