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Trump Says D.C. Wine Bar Can't Sue Him Over Unfair Competition

  • Cork Wine Bar claims president’s hotel taking business away
  • His lawyers say U.S. Constitution shields him from liability
Cork Wine Bar in Washington, D.C., on May 10, 2017.

Cork Wine Bar in Washington, D.C., on May 10, 2017.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s lawyers say he can’t be sued for the magnetic effect his Washington hotel holds over a competitor’s customers.

“Absolute presidential immunity precludes personal liability based on the president’s office,” his attorneys said Wednesday in a Washington federal court filing seeking dismissal of a nearby wine bar’s unfair competition lawsuit.