A federal judge gave a thumbs up Friday to a lawsuit filed by 200 Democrats alleging President Trump is violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign leaders and governments while in office.

The lawsuit, which hedges on an obscure statute of the Constitution known as the emoluments clause, alleges Trump is flouting the founding documents by hosting foreign officials at his namesake downtown Washington, D.C., hotel and other properties.

Washington Judge Emmet Sullivan said the Democrats had appropriately sought relief in the courts because there’s no way to address the matter via legislation.

“The Clause requires the President to ask Congress before accepting a prohibited foreign emolument,” Sullivan wrote in a ruling. If the allegations are true, “the President is accepting prohibited foreign emoluments without asking and without receiving a favorable reply from Congress.”

The Democrats can now move forward with the lawsuit and potentially seek damages. Trump’s lawyers had asked the judge to toss the suit.

A White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.

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Since Trump refused to relinquish ownership in his sprawling business empire upon taking office, the Democrats say foreign leaders and diplomats can curry favor with him by staying at his properties, opening him up to potential blackmail.

Contrary to previous presidents, Trump didn’t give up stake in his business but put it in a revocable blind trust operated by his two sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.

The emoluments clause, which dates back to the founding of the nation, prohibits any sitting President from accepting any “present, emolument, office, or title” from any “King, Prince or foreign State” unless pre-approved by Congress.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the suit’s lead plaintiff, welcomed Sullivan’s ruling.

“No man is above the law — not even the President,” Blumenthal tweeted. “Enormously gratified the court has held that Members of Congress have legal standing to enforce the chief anti-corruption provision in the Constitution. Now we have the standing to proceed with our case. This is a real milestone.”

Friday’s decision marks yet another legal hurdle for Trump.

The attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland are also suing Trump over allegedly violating the emoluments clause and the New York attorney general’s office is alleging his namesake charitable foundation “persistently” engaged in “illegal” conduct.

Additionally, Trump continues to be a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, which has already secured indictments against dozens of Russians and associates of the President.

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