The Supreme Court has put an end to all the emoluments lawsuits questioning if former President Trump profited from his time as President.
Now that Trump is no longer in office, the Supreme Court has declared that all such cases are now moot. This is a big win for Trump as he has plenty on his legal plate with an upcoming impeachment trial in early February. However, Trump could also see new lawsuits that had to be delayed until he exited office, so he isn’t out of the woods yet.
The cases filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia sought to obtain records to determine if foreign governments paid Trump through his many restaurants and hotels.
Fight far from over
Naturally, the expectation is that those bringing the cases would drop the issue with the cases dismissed.
However, Karl Racine and Brian Frosh, the attorneys general of Washington D.C. and Maryland, issued a joint statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in which they alleged that Trump had profited in an inappropriate manner.
According to the statement, they believe a lower court ruling against Trump “will serve as precedent that will help stop anyone else from using the presidency or other federal office for personal financial gain the way that President Trump has over the past four years.”
Racine and Frosh set out to prove that Trump profited illegally from his time in office and failed to do that. Now with the highest court throwing out all cases against Trump, Racine and Frosh appear to have tossed any pretense of making allegations and are claiming it is a fact that Trump took advantage of the presidency.
Considering what Trump has on his plate right now, it is unlikely he will go after either Racine or Frosh for their defamatory claims. Trump has a serious fight ahead as he needs to beat an impeachment trial in the Senate if he has any future political aspirations.
Senate trial looming
House Democrats presented the article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 55-45 against dismissing the trial, which is expected to begin the week of February 8.
Though Trump is no longer in office, Democrats argue that impeachment is still relevant in order to stop him from running for office again. However, they must get 67 votes in order to convict Trump — and with all but five Republicans voting to dismiss the trial, a conviction seems like a long shot.
While it is unlikely that President Trump has any plans to run in 2024, beating the partisan effort to impeach him yet again would be a consolation prize after the election loss.
Beating the Democrats one more time would be huge, and would also cement his place in the future of the Republican party. The party will be forced to take Trump and his base seriously, and that only becomes stronger if Trump has 2024 in mind.