The Trump International Hotel in Washington in a photo 2016. (Alex Brandon / AP)

On Friday, a federal judge denied President Trump's request to prosecute alleged violations of the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments. This decision allows claimants to obtain information from their company about their DC hotel.

US District Judge Peter J. Messitte of Greenbelt, Md., Denied the Justice Department's request to suspend the case for a higher court to intervene. He questioned the position of the president that his business does not accept gifts or payments – so-called allowances – inadmissible in the sense of the constitution.

According to Trump's analysis, Messitte wrote, the term "remuneration" does not agree with "substantial reasons", so payments received by foreign governments from its business could not be eligible. The judge did not agree: "The court considers this a dubious proposal."

Messitte ordered the plaintiffs, the Attorney Generals of D. C. and Maryland, to submit a discovery plan within 20 days – the trial's case-taking process. This decision can be challenged.

The judge has hitherto confined himself to information relating to the D.C. Hotel of the President.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond with a request for comment.

This is the second civil case in which Trump's deal is now under discovery, following Trump's approval on Tuesday to submit parts of his 2007 and 2008 calendars in a defamation lawsuit filed by former "apprentice" candidate Summer Zervos.

Trump still owns his company, though he says he has withdrawn from daily control.

The Trump organization held several major events paid by foreign governments at Trump's DC hotel, and reported about $ 150,000 last year, which was referred to as "foreign profits."

The constitution forbids federal officials to receive references from a "king, prince or foreign state". The founding fathers intended to prevent US ambassadors overseas – emissaries from a new, poor, fragile country – from making purchases from jewels or jewels from wealthy European states.


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