Judge dismisses suits claiming Trump is violating emoluments clauses

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On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels dismissed two lawsuits that claim President Trump's continued ownership in his real estate company violates the Constitution's Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses.

One case was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, along with hospitality business owners and employees, and the other by a New York attorney on behalf of members of the public, and Daniels ruled that the plaintiffs were unable to show injury related to foreign governments patronizing Trump businesses. He also said Congress is the "appropriate body to determine" if the clauses have been violated. An attorney for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said there is "no question that there will be an appeal, and our legal team is in the process of exploring our next steps."

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