U.S. House Panel Agrees to 10-Day Hold in Fight for Trump Financial Data

Tom Brenner/Reuters

A House of Representatives committee on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court it would agree to a 10-day hold – but not a longer delay – on a lower court ruling directing President Donald Trump’s accounting firm to hand over his financial records to the Democratic-led panel.

The case represents an important showdown pitting the powers of the presidency against the authority of Congress, with Trump fighting doggedly to keep details of this finances private.

The delay agreed to by the House Oversight Committee would give the nine justices a chance to decide whether to grant Trump’s emergency request, filed on Friday, seeking to block the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling.

Trump turned to the justices after the lower court last week refused his request to reconsider its October decision backing the House committee’s authority to subpoena the records from Mazars LLP, Trump’s longtime accounting firm..

The Republican president had asked the justices for at least a temporary hold on the enforcement of the subpoena. Trump’s lawyers would also want the matter to be put on hold for a longer period while the litigation is resolved.

In a letter to the court, the committee’s lawyers said they would agree to a 10-day delay “out of courtesy for this court,” but would oppose Trump’s request for a longer pause. The Supreme Court has yet to act on Trump’s request or the committee’s offer to allow the 10-day delay.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear Trump’s appeal, the documents would have to be handed over to lawmakers. Five votes among the justices are needed to grant a stay request. The court has a 5-4 conservative majority.

In a separate case, Trump last Thursday asked the Supreme Court to review a New York-based federal appeals court’s ruling that local prosecutors can enforce a subpoena also issued to Mazars demanding Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018.

The House committee subpoenaed Mazars this year, saying it needed the records to determine if Trump complied with laws requiring disclosure of his assets, and to assess whether those laws needed to be changed.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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General Confusion
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“Every one of you democrats MAY have committed a crime, so just on our speculation, we demand any and all records that we feel necessary to find the crime. Show us your taxes, your phone records to start with.” Friend something something something

You have no idea how foolish you sound, here.

General Confusion
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“Listen to Barr’s speech to the Federalist Society.” Sherri

Sherri is confused.

Barr is a dangerous fascist. You do realize that the Attorney General is SUPPOSED to be a neutral defender of us, the American people right? And the Federalist Society is another story.

“Not only are [Democrats] trying to destroy Trump, they are trying to destroy our country and Constitution.” Sherri

BS. Any talk like that is pure projection by supporters of the American Fascist Party. You are confused as to which is the dangerous party.

Sherri
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What’s very angering is the left, in their ‘by any means necessary’ pursuit to ‘get Trump’ seem CLUELESS what they will bring upon future presidents. Not only are they trying to destroy Trump, they are trying to destroy our country and Constitution. Listen to Barr’s speech to the Federalist Society.

General Confusion
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Because of IJR…

Cheryl is confused by older usage of some legal terms meaning, or today interpreted as, “must”. Shall and may are two such words that have not been updated in older documentation, such as our laws or even the Constitution. Please, keep up.

“https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/plain_language/articles/mandatory/”

Cherl
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Under a 1924 federal tax law, 26 U.S. Code § 6103, Congress may request copies of anyone’s tax returns.”May” does not mean will get them. Why would anyone be entitled, if approved, to see anything prior to his presidency? It’s just more harassment from the unfocused do nothing left. Pretty sure anyone voting for him does not care about them

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