Trump will now have to submit his books and financial records to scrutiny by the plaintiffs suing him in this case, which include a national restaurant group and a Washington D.C. events planner, unless the Supreme Court or a wider assembly of judges reverse the decision.
Trump, the richest American president in history, has earned hundreds of millions while in office from his far-flung real estate empire, in what many Democrats view as a flagrant conflict of interest. Trump could’ve put the controversy to rest by fully relinquishing his business interests when he entered the White House. Instead, he handed over management to his adult sons through a trust, while continuing to receive updates about how the organization is faring.
Trump, meanwhile, continues to rake in the cash, including $421 million last year alone. If anything, he’s grown more brazen; recently suggesting that the next summit of the G7 group of wealthy democracies could be held at his golf resort in Florida.