The US Supreme Court has dismissed two cases brought by Democrats regarding foreign payments Donald Trump received through his businesses while he was the sitting president, a situation that taught most Americans what “emoluments” were, CNN reports.
The Court ruled that the cases were moot because Trump was no longer in office, and it ordered two lower court rulings against Trump wiped away. This directive means that there will be no judicial decision on what is legal for a sitting president to receive and how, leaving the 250-year laws about emoluments unclarrified.
“The Supreme Court’s procedural order not only wipes away two lower court rulings, but it also orders dismissal of the entire dispute — leaving for some other time resolution of the many questions Trump’s conduct raised about the Emoluments Clause,” said Steve Vladeck, a CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
“Ordinarily, the Court pursues such a step only when the prevailing party moots a case while the appeal is pending — as opposed to here, where the disputes became moot because Trump’s term ended,” he added. “Today’s orders suggest that the court is increasingly willing to invoke this doctrine to avoid highly charged political disputes, even if the mootness wasn’t caused by the parties that won below.”
The ruling also negates 38 subpoenas to federal agencies to determine how much money the federal government had spent at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC and other Trump properties, in possible violation of the domestic emoluments clause.