Trump rips emolument lawsuits: Being president 'costing me a fortune'

Source: The Hill | August 13, 2019 | Brett Samuels

President Trump on Tuesday disputed that he’s profiting off the presidency, arguing instead that lawsuits alleging he’s violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution amount to “presidential harassment” and are costing him significant legal fees.

“I got sued on a thing called emoluments. Emoluments. You ever hear of the word? Nobody ever heard of it before,” Trump said at a Shell petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania.

“And what it is is presidential harassment, because this thing is costing me a fortune, and I love it,” Trump added. “I love it because I’m making the lives of other people much, much better.”

Multiple lawsuits have alleged Trump is in violation of  the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval. 

A federal appeals court dismissed an emoluments lawsuit last month filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia, but a separate emoluments lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers is still proceeding through the court system.

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  •  EVERYDAY #31234

    You know, Donnie — you can always retire next year. Problem solved.

    Good God!

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