CREW statement on emoluments ruling
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Washington- Following today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to revive the DC and Maryland Emoluments case in an en banc opinion, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)’s Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:
“We thank and applaud the judges of the Fourth Circuit for their decision today. We should never have arrived at a point where states had to fight in federal court to compel the president to follow the Constitution. Nevertheless, President Trump has left no choice, bringing us to this historic day for the Constitution. We are honored and proud to represent the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia alongside Attorneys General Brian Frosh and Karl Racine.
Americans deserve an ethical government under the rule of law. President Trump should finally do the right thing and end the harms caused by his unconstitutional conduct. Now is the time to divest from his businesses and stop violating the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution. If not, then we look forward to working with Attorneys General Frosh and Racine to move this case forward to victory.”
The first Emoluments case, the historic CREW v. Trump in federal court in New York, saw a victory for the plaintiffs in front of a panel of judges in the Second Circuit and is currently awaiting a decision from the full circuit as to whether to consider the case en banc.