New York Court: Yes, Sitting Presidents CAN Be Sued

CNBC reports:

A New York Supreme Court judge on Friday denied a request from President Donald Trump and his family members to dismiss a lawsuit against them and the Trump Foundation alleging that the charitable foundation violated state and federal laws for “more than a decade.”

In her ruling Friday, Justice Saliann Scarpulla shot down an argument from the Trump family’s attorneys that the case should be dismissed because the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution suggests “a sitting president may not be sued.”

The suit, filed by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood in Manhattan State Supreme Court, further alleged that Trump had misused the Trump Foundation “for his own personal benefit.”

NOTE: Unlike in most states, there is a branch of the New York Supreme Court in every county. The highest court in the state is actually the New York Court Of Appeals.