Appeals court to hear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting off the presidency.

The attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., say government spending at Trump's Washington hotel violates the Constitution's emoluments clause. That bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

Trump's lawyers are challenging a decision by a federal judge in Maryland to allow the lawsuit to go forward.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.

The president's attorneys argue that the emoluments clause only bars payments made in connection with services he provides in his official capacity.

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