Donald Trump’s Personal Reason for the Government Shutdown; To Delay Emoluments Case
Department of Justice lawyers representing Donald Trump have asked a federal appeals court to indefinitely postpone all filings in an appeal related to a suit that the governments of Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed over Trump’s alleged violation of profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries.
Their argument? Because they cannot work during a government shutdown. Politico reports;
“The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” Justice lawyers wrote. “Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys and employees are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, except in very limited circumstances, including ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property’. … Undersigned counsel for the Department of Justice therefore requests a stay of briefing on the President’s mandamus petition until Congress has restored appropriations to the Department.”
The court of appeals granted the motion.
Similar motions were filed Wednesday in a variety of civil cases the federal government is involved in, including some litigation related to Trump’s policy limiting grants of asylum.
This puts a personal perspective on Trump’s reason to cause a government shutdown. To continue the case is to continue discovery, and that discovery includes his financial records. It’s not about the wall.