Donald Trump likes to present himself as the world’s great winner, but over the past several weeks he can’t seem to stop losing.
On Tuesday, he was handed another setback as a court brought back to life a lawsuit that accuses the president of using his office for personal profit.
According to The Washington Post, “A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit claiming that President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his hotel in downtown Washington.”
As the report notes, the lawsuit was dismissed over the summer by three Republican-appointed judges. Tuesday’s ruling gives it a “second chance” to get a fair hearing.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to rehear the lawsuit, brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District, which was dismissed over the summer by a three-judge panel of the court.
The brief order set oral arguments before a full panel of judges for Dec. 12 and essentially gives the novel lawsuit, which tests the anti-corruption emoluments provisions of the Constitution, a second chance.
In a statement after the court’s order Tuesday, Frosh said “every single day, President Trump is receiving payments from foreign governments and from the United States. We intend to hold him accountable for violations of our nation’s original anti-corruption laws.”
Trump can’t stop losing
The court’s decision is just the latest legal setback for Trump, and it comes at a time when his presidency is already mired in a serious impeachment inquiry in which Democrats continue to snag key witnesses.
Last Friday, Trump was handed five major court losses in one day. One ruling rejected the president’s efforts to block the release of his tax returns and another ruled that his emergency declaration to pay for an unpopular border wall is unlawful.
For three years, a majority of the country has watched this president abuse his office and wondered when he would face some type of accountability. Over the past few weeks – from federal courtrooms to the halls of Congress – that accountability appears to be on its way.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.