Trump International Hotel at the center of appeals fight in lawsuit

President Trump's lawyers argue there's no authority to sue the president in his official capacity because of the office he holds.
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I'm Catherine potters here outside the Court of Appeals in Richmond Virginia where. President Trump's attorney showed up in court today aren't you claims the president violated the volume its claws on this is a constitutional clause that prohibits. Elected officials from doing business with foreign governments the lawyers. For trump argued there was no with forty to sue the president in his official capacity because of the office he holds saying he is unique in in unit from the matter now. This was a three judge panel here today they're out Republican appointed then it got a bit testy at times the judges seeming skeptical. Of the suit in the first place now. There are minor this case was brought jointly by the attorneys general from Maryland and Washington DC who argue. At trump has benefited from the patronage of foreign dignitaries at the trump international hotel which is located just a few blocks away from the White House now. The hotel it does see its fair share of foreign government officials dignitaries. From Bowery now survives on Nigeria and South Korea have all been spotted in the hotel in just last month. The hotel hosted the Kuwaiti embassies national gay now the attorneys. Who brought the lawsuit against trump are arguing that foreign officials who patronize trumps DC property meet peak scurrying fever. With the president now this argument lawyers for the president claimed in court today that this is quote too speculative. One of the judges even implied at one point that trumps presidency could actually. Be helping other businesses because those who are coming into town to protest the president are likely not. Staying at the trump hotel now I asked by the judges what solves this problem one of the attorneys. The rep presenting DC and Maryland said that it's hard to say at this point because it just depends on the facts on the ground now in terms of what's next here this court. Will rule as to whether in this can move forward but that's DC attorney general ought to press conference. Following the arguments that he's confident in the arguments today it but said that if they lose he expects this could end up in the Supreme Court. Katherine potter is reporting for ABC news five.

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