BREAKING: Justice Department sues to block subpoenas in Trump hotel lawsuit


The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge’s decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to go forward.

Justice lawyers want an appeals court to take the case instead. They filed papers Monday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, to overrule the Maryland federal judge and allow a mid-case appeal or to dismiss the case outright.

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The government lawyers also want the court to suspend legal discovery recently approved by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, which would force 13 Trump corporate entities to turn over business tax returns, receipts and other documents.

Justice lawyers have said in court filings that “discovery would necessarily be a distraction to the president’s performance of his constitutional duties” and could cause separation of powers concerns. Trump’s personal attorney made a similar argument last week.

The lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia alleges that because Trump has not divested himself of his business holdings, foreign and domestic government spending at Trump’s Washington hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

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