Court schedules March arguments in Trump emoluments case

The Richmond, Va.-based federal court of appeals released a tentative calendar, marking off days in March to hear President Trump’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit accusing him of unconstitutionally profiting off the presidency by accepting payments through his D.C. hotel.

Arguments will be heard in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals during its March 19-21 argument session, according to a Friday filing.


Trump has asked the 4th Circuit to dismiss the lawsuit against him outright or force the lower court to let him appeal the court’s interim rulings denying the president’s motion to dismiss the case.

The 4th Circuit in December agreed to put proceedings in the lower court on hold for the time being.

Maryland and the District of Columbia, which brought the suit, allege that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign and domestic governments through the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys for Trump argue he has a “clear and indisputable right” for the district court to approve his request to appeal its interim decision.

— Updated 5:52 p.m.