FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Trump International Hotel seen in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end a lawsuit alleging his ownership of a hotel in Washington violates anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution known as the “Emoluments Clauses.”
The decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the Democratic attorneys general in Maryland and the District of Columbia, who alleged Trump’s financial interest in the hotel violated a prohibition on the president accepting payments from foreign governments without congressional consent.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe in Washington and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Howard Goller