These folks launched their suit in January, the same month Trump was sworn in. Doesn’t that alone tell you they’re just an anti-Trump group without a legitimate beef?
National Review has the story:
Watchdog Group Appears to Exaggerate Standing Claims in Trump Suit
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, filed suit against President Trump on Jan. 23 for violating the foreign-emoluments clause of the Constitution. Since then, CREW has amended its complaint to add three more plaintiffs to the suit: an event planner named Jill Phaneuf, a nonprofit called Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), and a hotelier named Eric Goode.
Whether they are right or wrong on the merits, the plaintiffs must first demonstrate that they have standing to bring suit. Law professor Andy Hessick explains that this means “you have to have suffered an injury in fact — a real-world injury, such as a physical wound or a loss of money.” According to Hessick, the injury also has to be “particularized to the plaintiff; concrete; imminent, if it hasn’t already happened; traceable to the defendant; and redressable by the courts.”
Oral arguments in the case were held on Oct. 18, before the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Even if the presiding judge, George B. Daniels, allows the case to move forward and the plaintiffs prevail, the standing issue will loom large on appeal. And a closer look at Phaneuf, Goode, and ROC suggests they are trying to secure standing by twisting key facts about themselves.
Hopefully, the whole thing will be thrown out.