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President Donald Trump walks towards Marine One after speaking during an event held in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. to commemorate a record of judicial confirmations by the Republican controlled Senate, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Some lawyers thought they were prepared for a President Donald Trump—or at least they tried to be.

Attorneys who wanted to thwart what they viewed as the president’s potential to commit wrongdoing began holding calls about how to fend off Trump after his election win. The focus was on whether Trump would be in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, a previously little known anti-corruption measure aimed at preventing sitting presidents from receiving bribes or other payments while in office.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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