Supreme Court dismisses Trump DC hotel emoluments clause case

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed as moot a case claiming that former President Donald Trump had violated the Constitution's emoluments clauses at his Washington, D.C., hotel.

The case was brought forward by the district and Maryland, claiming that Trump had violated the constitutional provisions by making the D.C. Trump Hotel an attractive spot for those seeking to curry favor with the then-president. The governments argued that Trump used his hotel to funnel booking expenses from foreign governments directly to his business accounts, to the detriment of other local businesses.

An appeals court last year ruled in favor of the governments, leading the Justice Department to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

"This case is another example of presidential harassment," said Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers, at the time.

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