EMOLUMENTS/LAWSUIT/SUPREME COURT: “The Supreme Court tossed out two lawsuits Monday [Jan. 25, 2021] claiming that Donald Trump’s business dealings as president violated the Constitution’s ban on receiving financial benefits from states or foreign officials.

The cases raised a novel question about a president’s ability to receive income from businesses patronized by government officials. But once Trump left office, it was assumed that the cases would be dismissed as moot because the constitutional provision would no longer apply to him — leaving unanswered the legal questions they raised…

Both lawsuits involved the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.”

-Pete Williams, “Supreme Court dismisses challenges to Trump’s business profits,” nbcnews.com, Jan. 25, 2021