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Federal appeals court dismisses Trump emoluments case

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By Dareh Gregorian  with NBC News Politics
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President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the Capitol on Feb. 4, 2020.   -   Copyright  Olivier Douliery AFP - Getty Images

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed lawmakers' lawsuit against President Donald Trump for violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution on technical grounds.

In the ruling, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the 215 members of Congress did not have legal standing to bring suit against the president for violating the clause, which bars federal officials from collecting payments from foreign governments without approval of Congress.