A US appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit charging US President Donald Trump of violating anti-corruption provisions in the US Constitution through his Washington-owned hotel.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, issued a series of decisions ordering a district court judge to drop the lawsuit filed by the Attorney Generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia in June 2017, supported by Democrats, the NY Times reported.
The court, bench of three judges, attributed its decisions to the fact that the two deputies were not in a legal position to give them the right to initiate proceedings and indicated that their interest in applying the relevant articles in the US Constitution was very weak and abstract, making their claim in this case a question about whether this judicial action against the President was an appropriate use of the courts established to deal with real cases and disputes.
For his part, Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow described in a statement the court’s decision as a total victory. “This latest attempt at presidential harassment has been rejected as bias“He said.
“I just announced that I won a big part of the deep state-driven campaign and the Democrats,” Trump wrote on his official Twitter Web site. He described the case as ironic, adding that he was losing a fortune as president.
Trump opened Trump International Hotel close to the White House, shortly before his election as President in November 2016. Unlike other presidents, Trump retained ownership of many of his business interests, including this hotel in the exercise of his duties.
Since his election, the hotel has become a preferred venue for the residence and activities of some foreign officials visiting the US capital. Trump claims that by failing to sever his connection with the hotel, he has been exposed to incentives from foreign governments seeking to approach him.
Peter J. Messitte, a Magistrate’s Court Judge in Greenbelt, Maryland, last year allowed the lawsuit filed by Maryland and District of Columbia to continue, which Trump appealed in Circuit 4.