DOJ Argues Trump Can Profit from Foreign Governments Until Congress Passes a New Law

An attorney for the Department of Justice told a judge in Washington D.C. federal court Monday that President Donald Trump may profit from any foreign governments that patronize his private businesses. Defending against a lawsuit filed by more than 200 Congressional Democrats accusing Trump of violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, attorney Hashim Mooppan argued that the clause, on its own, does not actually forbid the president from accepting such payments, it merely permits Congress to legislate on the matter.

New this morning: The Justice Department argued in federal court that Congress would have to pass a law barring Trump from accepting foreign emoluments if it wants him to stop.

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