George Washington’s secret land deal actually strengthens CREW’s Emoluments claim [Updated]

[Update on June 20: In his original SSRN draft, Tillman did not include evidence that the auction was publicized. On June 16, 2017, Tillman filed an amicus brief that offers evidence that the auction was advertised in advance and was public, although it is still unclear from the footnotes and sources cited if there were any newspaper coverage of Washington’s purchases at the auction. It is possible that Washington himself was confused about whether the acquisition of land, as opposed to a payment, could be an emolument. Or perhaps he was being conveniently selective or forgetful about the emoluments clause.]