Trump Loses Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena for Financial Records

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A U.S. judge on Monday ruled in favor of a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump‘s financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington also denied a request by Trump to stay his decision pending an appeal.

Last Tuesday Mehta heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena.

Mehta said in Monday’s ruling that the committee “has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records” and that the Mazars documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.

It was the first time a federal court had waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in probing Trump and his business affairs.

Trump is refusing to cooperate with a series of investigations on issues ranging from his tax returns and policy decisions to his Washington hotel and his children’s security clearances.

Trump’s lawyers argued that Congress is on a quest to “turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the president now and in the 2020 election.”

Mehta’s ruling will almost certainly be appealed to a higher court.

The House Oversight Committee claims sweeping investigative power and says it needs Trump’s financial records to examine whether he has conflicts of interest or broke the law by not disentangling himself from his business holdings, as previous presidents did.

Lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization, his company, last month filed a lawsuit to block the committee’s subpoena, saying it exceeded Congress’ constitutional limits.

Mehta was appointed in 2014 by Democratic former President Barack Obama, who was often investigated by Republicans in Congress during his two terms in office.

Mazars has avoided taking sides in the dispute and said it will “comply with all legal obligations.”

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Writing by Jan Wolfe and Howard Goller; Editing by Dan Grebler and Grant McCool)

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Phyllis Softa
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Reuters would have eliminated Trump supporters confusion with the decision had they provided a link to Judge Mehta’s decision. The NYT article I read, included the link.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

Why doesn’t Trump have all these crooked dem’s tax and finacial records released see how they like it

Molly
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Molly

Obama is illegal

Molly
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Molly

Remove ALL of the Frauds illegal appointees. He is a Manchurian, artist, Muslim Trojan horse,

Hugo Dattaway
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Hugo Dattaway

This is the dumbest thread I have ever read! Both sides keep beating their respective heads against the wall over & over.
I go here once & see that everyone in here are hacks. What a waste of time!

Donna Pomponio
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Donna Pomponio

I think he got it wrong. This is another political hit job by the democrats to try and find a crime so they can impeach. The complete arrogance and tyrannical tactics they use us disgraceful. This is clearly a judge who rules on politics and not law. This pulls and starts to shred our constitution, we should all be appalled and outraged.

Robert
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Robert

These judges need to be impeached. They are obviously ruling on pure political ideology.

Ron
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Ron

It’s not the law being applied here but pure politics. IT Makes me sick

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