An Obama-appointed federal judge slapped down House Democrats today who were suing GSA (General Services Administration) for information on Trump Hotels.
In fact this judge dismissed the lawsuit completely because they didn’t have standing:
WSJ – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a suit by a group of House Democrats seeking a range of records on President Trump’s Washington hotel, saying they lacked legal standing.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta wrote in his opinion that the 17 House Democrats who brought the suit have no standing to sue under precedents governing when members of Congress can use the courts to settle disputes with the executive branch.
Judge Mehta, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Democrat Barack Obama, said the House members had other options to settle disputes over documents, including a formal subpoena from a congressional committee or other institutional responses from Congress.
Here’s where the judge smacked them around a bit:
“The fact that a political remedy is hard to achieve does not automatically swing open the doors to the federal courts,” Judge Mehta wrote.
That seems appropriate because from the sound of it, these Democrats were just digging for dirt on Trump:
The Trump International Hotel is located in downtown Washington in the Old Post Office building, a facility leased to Mr. Trump’s company by the federal agency that manages government real-estate holdings.
Democrats had asked the General Services Administration for documents including the hotel’s profit and expense statements and correspondence within the Trump administration about the hotel. The GSA has declined to provide the records.
Typically, members of Congress must clear a high bar to bring a lawsuit. The Supreme Court has held that members must show a “concrete and particularized injury” and must have a “personal stake” in the case. As a result, courts have generally found that members cannot sue in their individual capacity as lawmakers over a variety of constitutional and legal questions.
What’s their injury? If they had injury, they’d have standing.
No, this was essentially just House Oversight Dems dumpster diving for dirt on Trump, and the court put the kibosh on it.
Good for Mehta.
If you wanna read more on the judge’s decision, see below:
BREAKING: Judge dismiss House Oversight Dems lawsuit v. GSA for seeking info related to Trump Hotel DC lease for lack of standing. "The fact that a political remedy is hard to achieve does not automatically swing open the doors to the federal courts." pic.twitter.com/jECk6Zk8hG— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) August 14, 2018