January 23, 2017 – CREW filed Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Donald J. Trump with the District Court for the Southern District of New York to stop the president from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.

The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

Update: On June 9, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the District Court to dismiss CREW’s lawsuit.

Update: On August 4, 2017, CREW et al. filed a memorandum in opposition to the DOJ’s motion to dismiss, which included a set of declarations by plaintiffs, members of ROC-United, and experts.

Update: On August 11, 2017, five groups of scholars, historians, former ethics officers, and members of Congress filed amicus briefs in support of CREW’s opposition to the DOJ’s motion to dismiss.

Update: On October 18, 2017, CREW and its co-plaintiffs presented their arguments before a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

Update: On December 21, 2017, Judge Daniels granted the Defendant’s motion to dismiss.

Update: On February 18, 2018, Plaintiff’s appealed.

Update: On April 24, 2018, Plaintiff’s filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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