Court asked to reconsider ruling tossing Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has been asked to reconsider its decision to throw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel.

Officials in Maryland and the District of Columbia argue in the lawsuit that Trump has violated the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel.

A federal judge in Maryland ruled that the lawsuit could proceed. But last month, a three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the lawsuit. The panel found that the two jurisdictions lack standing to pursue claims against the president.

On Monday, the attorneys general filed a petition asking the full court to hear the case.

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