Washington, D.C.—New York hotel and restaurant owner Eric Goode today joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)’s landmark emoluments lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Goode is an owner of the Maritime Hotel, the Bowery Hotel, the Ludlow Hotel and the Jane Hotel, as well as restaurants including the Park, Waverly Inn and Gemma.
Goode’s hotels and restaurants have attracted multiple foreign government clients and events, and have also hosted US government officials and state officials traveling on official business, thus paying with government funds. Goode’s hotels and restaurants compete with Trump’s hotels and restaurants for this business; business that Trump is prohibited from receiving by the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.
“In an ideal world, we would be filing today to drop our lawsuit because the president had agreed to stop violating the Constitution,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “Instead our suit is growing with other businesses hurt by the president’s unconstitutional actions joining the effort to compel him to stop.”
Goode joins Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, which consists of more than 25,000 restaurant workers and restaurants, and DC-based events booker Jill Phaneuf as additional plaintiffs on CREW’s emoluments lawsuit.
Following the addition of the new plaintiff, the government now has until June 9th to file its response to the lawsuit.