>> Thank you and all of you->> A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clauses can proceed despite Trump's latest effort to stop it. Reuters' correspondent, Andrew Chung, explains.>> The emoluments clause in the US Constitution is a safeguard against corruption.
So it prevents US officials from accepting presents or gifts from foreign governments, as well as gifts from US states. The lawsuit alleges that through Trump's ownership of his hotels, he has accepted emoluments from foreign governments and foreign officials and domestic state at Trump International Hotel in Washington. For example, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have held events at the hotel spending thousand of dollars.
The hotel has also be popular with diplomats and the like. And also some US states, it's alleged, have used the hotel to gain access to the President. Trump has argued that he's not violating the Constitution because the emoluments clause does not cover transactions through his private businesses.>> The judge on Wednesday, rejected Trump's argument that emoluments were limited essentially to bribes,.
Paving the way for the Attorneys General, who brought the case to pursue interviews with Trump Organization employees and review financial records like Trump's tax returns, to see if the President broke the law. But the Justice Department, which defended Trump, said it would continue vigorously defending him.>> If the court eventually rules against the President, it's not clear what will happen next.
Of course, there will be an appeal and the court that will have the last word is the US Supreme Court. But it's unclear what action can be taken against a sitting President.>> Trump is the first sitting President to be challenged this way with the emoluments clause.