Why did the Supreme Court allow the Trump Foundation to continue to solicit and accept donations from foreign donors?
NEW YORK — For more than two years, a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department and the New York attorney general against President Donald Trump and his business empire has accused him of violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The case is the first legal challenge to Trump’s executive order banning foreign contributions to his nonprofit foundation.
The Justice Department has said the ban, which Trump signed in January, violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which bars federal officials from accepting gifts and payments from foreign governments, as well as the U, S., and foreign corporations.
The case has focused on Trump’s relationship with the foundation, which he created in 2009 to raise money for veterans’ charities.
The lawsuit seeks to prevent Trump from accepting any foreign donations from companies with U.s. headquarters in the United States.
In a hearing Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, White House lawyer John Dowd told the panel he was confident the Trump administration could prevail in the case.
But Dowd added that the Justice and the Department were not giving the White House enough information, which could delay the case until next year.
The foundation is owned by a trust managed by Trump’s son Eric, and the government has said its assets were not “used for political or personal gain.”
Trump’s foundation has already paid $5.7 million in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and the U