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#Emoluments: @AndyGrewal and I have opposing views on the clauses, but I agree with his bottom line: It is odd that the 2d Cir found that the plaintiffs’ claims fall within the “zone of interests” of the clauses - without ruling on the meaning or purposes of the clauses.
@AndyGrewal 2/ It turns out that @gauthamrao & I have written an article addressing the "zone of interest" question, explaining the history of the clauses in the context of British taxation, colonial monopolistic policy, & unfair competition when govts play favorites.…
@AndyGrewal @gauthamrao 3/ There is a valid question as to how the "zone of interest" test applies to these constitutional clauses.
But if a court decides that a plaintiff's claim is within that zone, surely it would have to address the meaning of the word "emolument" & original purpose of the clauses.
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❤️🇺🇸 I told someone something was up when you didn't go Mr President. Thank you for all the efforts and lengths you go to to bring peace to this world. #Afghanistan 🇦🇫
❤️🇺🇸 Sargent 1st Class Elis A Barreto Ortiz 🌹RIP 💔…
They have made a grave error Mr President...
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1/10 There is a false choice being presented whether the Mueller Report means we must proceed with impeachment or that impeachment is off the table.… #muellerreport #impeachment #trump
2/10 For starters, the Mueller Report covers only a portion of Trump's malfeasance (and excludes a dozen matters that were referred elsewhere for potential prosecution).… #muellerreport #trump
3/10 The Mueller Report only investigated whether Trump conspired with Russia re the 2016 election. There is still a question of Trump's financial entanglements with Russia and whether he is compromised by it.… #trump #MuellerReport #russia
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1/ Today at noon, I will be talking about #Emoluments at @UHLAW @FedSoc #FedSocEvents
2/ On Wednesday at noon, I will be talking about 3D-Printed Guns at @gwlaw @FedSoc #FedSocEvents
3/ And on Wednesday at 4:00, I will be at @AdLawCenter w/ @adamjwhitedc to talk about presidential subpoenas, and the limits of Burr and Nixon
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Trump: Day 791
-Posts Record Monthly Budget Deficit
-Raised Debt $500B in 5 Months
-Economic Fears Drop Dow 460 Pts
-Nominates Moore 2 Federal Reserve
-Reverses Sanctions on North Korea
-FEMA Data Breach Exposed 2.5M
-Mueller Submits Report to AG Barr
-230th Day at Trump Property
Day 896 since Donald Trump *bragged* and joked about sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 747 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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If you care about the #Emoluments suits, then you must read this thread by Georgetown Law's @_John_Mikhail (and our co-author of our historians' amicus brief). He explains what happened in the 4th Cir. and what should happen.
Also: See his use of "Cafeteria Originalism." So true.
For what it's worth, I think his DEC interpretation is plausible (implicit "services") but I think another explanation is that the wording of the DEC is already much less strict than the FEC. His analysis of the FEC is crucial and helpful as a contrast:
3/ I think it's sufficient to note that the Framers wrote the Foreign Emoluments Clause to be remarkably broad and strict with clear text: a ban on accepting “any…emolument…of any kind whatever."
The Domestic clause could have been written as broadly/strictly, but it wasn't.
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Trump: Day 766
-Forcibly Kissed ex-Campaign Staffer
-Threatens 2 Veto Background Check
-Org Asks House 2 Halt Their Probes
-Departs for Vietnam NK Summit 2.0
-Russia Lists Nuclear Targets in U.S.
-Slammed by Fmr Fed Reserve Chair
-GOP Lining Up to Block Declaration
Day 871 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Former campaign staffer alleges in lawsuit that Trump kissed her without her consent.
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"At least a dozen of the emails show @senatemajldr McConnell's staff acting as a conduit between [his wife] @SecElaineChao and Kentucky political figures or business leaders, some of whom have had prior relationships with the couple."
Federal ethics agency @OfficeGovEthics rejects Commerce @SecretaryRoss' financial disclosure, which falsely stated he sold bank stock that other reports indicate he did not sell – a violation of Ross' ethics agreement…
Grand jury examining whether former Interior secretary Ryan #Zinke lied to federal investigators regarding his decision to deny an application to two Native American tribes to operate a casino…
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Trump: Day 726
-Day 26 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Orders Fed Workers 2 Return Unpaid
-SOTU Speech Called Off by Pelosi
-4 Americans Killed in ISIS Bombing
-Pence Still Declares 'ISIS Defeated'
-Gates: Israel Interferred w/Election
-Corp Tax Cut 2 Cost $600B More
Day 831 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 682 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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#BREAKING: A court has given us the OK to proceed with discovery in our #emoluments case against President Trump:… @BrianFrosh @NormEisen
Because of today's court order, we can begin serving subpoenas to gather the evidence necessary to prove President Trump is violating the nation’s original anti-corruption laws. #emoluments
Read more about this historic case at:… AND… #emoluments
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William Goldman, author of "The Princess Bride," screenwriter of "All the President's Men" (Watergate), and many more classics. has died.

Baruch dayan ha'emet.
2/ Here's a tribute thread for William Goldman. Please add. I'd appreciate the group effort - in honor of Goldman's Woodward and Bernstein. And Westly, Fezzik, Inigo, Buttercup.
I want to highlight what Mandy Patinkin said was his favorite line. It wasn't inconceivable...
3/ Everyone should watch this interview with Mandy Patinkin on his favorite line, *the most meaningful* in The Princess Bride. It is more and more meaningful every year, especially in 2018:
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Jared Kushner and #Kashoggi thread:
How can Kushner be investigated for alleged corrupt ties to Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar?
The Foreign Emoluments clause arguably applies to Kushner as Senior Advisor ot the President as an "office of trust." (But it's complicated)... 1/
2/ Foreign Emoluments Clause: "No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the US] shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."
3/ Is an unpaid Senior Advisor an "office of trust"? There is historical debate about the scope of this phrase, and courts have not resolved this question. But in 1982, the OLC (the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel) suggested broad coverage:…
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Reminder #1: @nytimes cracked @realDonaldTrump's decades of criminal tax fraud.
Reminder #2: State Attorneys General have solid basis to use their #QuoWarranto powers to investigate and potentially dissolve the Trump Organization and LLCs. cc: @TishJames @NewYorkStateAG THREAD
2/ When it was unclear how to pursue #Emoluments suits against Trump because of standing problems in Feb. 2017, I wrote about the history of the powerful "quo warranto" writ and the statutory powers of state AGs to investigate corporate fraud.…
3/ The old English writ of Quo Warranto has been enacted into state law as a state power to investigate corporate fraud through civil, not criminal process.
@realDonaldTrump can try to fire Mueller and Rosenstein, but he cannot stop the state AGs.
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Trump: Day 610
-155th Day at Trump Golf Club
-202nd Day at Trump Property
-Calls Immigrants "Drain on Country"
-Drafts E.O. Targeting Top Tech Co's
-Dr. Ford Scheduled 2 Testify Thurs
-McFarland Changes Her Story
-Tariffs Could Cost 715k Auto Jobs
-Pence Spoke 2 Anti-LGBTQ Group
Day 715 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 567 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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Judge Rules Against Trump Motion to Dismiss in Emoluments Lawsuit by Maryland and DC - Ultimate outcome to turn on construction of Constitution. But, remember under the clause, Congress can approve any + all emoluments, thus... 👉…
2/ the emoluments Lawsuit, even if successful may have no tangible effect on Trump profiting from the Presidency - and there would be no accountability for corruption, the clause and lawsuit merely address a conflict of interest. 👉
3/ The means to hold Trump accountable for corruptly profiting from the Presidency (for the same acts as under the Emoluments Suit) is prosecution under 18 USC 201 (b) and (c): the Federal Bribery Law. This law provides criminal penalties for accepting gifts for official acts 👉
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Major ruling in #EmolumentsClause decision today: Federal court says that the Trump International Hotel in DC may be entirely an impermissible domestic Emolument because it was an invalid benefit -an invalid lease-from the federal government. See passage:
2/ Even though this is a "just" a denial on a motion to dismiss, the judge's conclusions are on the law, plus the clear conditions of the lease. This ruling strongly suggests that a trial would lead to shutting down the Trump DC Hotel as an unconstitutional violation.
3/ The judge first quotes the lease: “No elected official of the Government...shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.” That language is clear: Trump could not share the lease or even benefit from it...
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Qatar's government bought a $6.5M apartment in Trump World Tower. 1. This is an #Emolument. 2. Qatar is a possible conduit in the Steele Dossier's alleged Rosneft transaction from Russia to Trump. 1/…
In March, I explained the Russia/Rosneft-to-Qatar-to-Trump-and-Kushner links, which also involved a dangerous Gulf state conflict that Kushner pushed, followed by a massive loan from a Qatar-linked firm to Kushner. 2/…
3/ Summary: Russia’s sale of Rosneft Gas is the key event in the Steele Dossier’s quid pro quo allegation. June 2016: Russians offer Trumpers a massive payout in return for lifting sanctions. Qatari firm acquires Rosneft from Russia Dec ‘16, as Flynn/Kushner set up backchannel.
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"The disclosure suggests these loans could have generated more income from interest in a yearlong period than the entire value of the loans themselves."

Yet another update to his disclosure forms: Kushner filed wrong info about 2 of his loans in Brooklyn…
Kushner paid $72.5 million for 3 properties valued at $3 million along a toxic Brooklyn canal from a developer.

The developer then bought 4 apartments from Michael Cohen for almost 5x their assessed value, in cash.

Cohen then invested with the developer…
Despite the property's high level of contamination, and its wildly inflated purchase price (financed by Signature Bank, on whose board Ivanka sat), Jared was able to sell it for $115 million 4 years later.

"Experts say the transactions raise red flags"
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The end is near, guys.

How is Donald Trump f*cked? Let us count the ways.

1/ Let's start with the desperation move to replace HR with Buck, John Bolton. Sure, Bolton is a lunatic hawk, but he's not even popular with the GOP. This Hail Mary pass will fall 15 yards from the end zone.
2/ #Emoluments, baby! The courts ruled this week that the case against Trump violating the Emoluments Clause can proceed. Have fun in court, dickweed!
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Trump: Day 371
-Draws Boos During Davos Q&A
-Doesn't Apologize 4 Racist Tweets
-Missed Economic Growth Targets
-Wants $716B in Defense Spending
-Needs $24M for New Refrigerators
-Ending Funding 4 Space Station
-Tracking License Plates Across US
-"Great Friend" Steve Wynn Under🔥
Day 476 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 326 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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Trump: Day 369
-Demands $30B Ransom 4 His Wall
-Blindsided by Flynn Mtg w/Mueller
-"Would Love To" Talk Under Oath
-Allowed Dollar 2 Drop to 3 Year Low
-Stood Up by Group of Mayors
-Causing Rise in Laundry Appliances
-Interrupts Theresa May on Calls
-Skipping Town w/out Melania
Day 474 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 324 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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Breaking: SDNY Grants Government's Motion to Dismiss in CREW v. Trump - "Lack of standing."… #Emoluments @SethBTillman
2/ The court indirectly addressed the argument advanced by @SethBTillman and me. Rather than accepting Plaintiffs' position that Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to *all* federal officials, Judge Daniels said it applies to "certain" officials.
3/ Though I am perplexed by Footnote 2. Judge Daniels wrote "Defendant has conceded that he is subject to the Foreign Emoluments Clause." The government said the *exact* opposite "the government has not conceded that the President is subject to the FEC." DOJ should correct this.
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