A Maryland federal judge has denied a request by President Donald Trump to stay litigation pending appeal in a so-called emoluments lawsuit, which alleges he is violating the Constitution by maintaining ownership in the Trump International Hotel in Washington while in office.
The decision came Friday in District of Columbia and State of Maryland v. Trump.
Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte green-lighted the suit, brought against Trump by the Maryland and Washington, D.C., attorneys general, ruling they had standing to sue the president over his undisputed ownership in the hotel.
Messitte also previously ruled that the attorneys general had alleged plausible causes of action against Trump because his apparent receipt of benefits from foreign and state government officials who were guests at his hotel suggested he has received emoluments in violation of the Constitution.
Trump later filed a motion for leave to file an interlocutory appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and asked Messitte to stay any and all discovery in the case pending his appeal—motions the plaintiffs opposed.
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Cohen Milstein represents the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia in this lawsuit.