Subpoenaed for his financial records, Trump sues; intends to be a ‘no show’

April 23, 2019

“I won’t show you mine, no matter how many other politicians show you theirs.” That’s the attitude of President Donald Trump–who started the week by suing House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Marylandd) in a last-ditch bid to block a congressional subpoena of his financial records, The Washington Post reported..

The lawsuit—which was brought on behalf of Trump and his company, The Trump Organization —seeks a court order to prevent Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA from complying with what his lawyers, William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino, claim is an improper use of subpoena by congressional Democrats because it has “no legitimate legislative purpose.”

“Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” the filing by Trump claims. “Instead of working with the President to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically.”

The filing, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, further escalates a clash between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House over congressional oversight.

Mazars said last week that it “will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations.”

Lawyers for the president and the Trump Organization previously wrote in a letter to Mazars’ counsel that an expected committee subpoena “would not be valid or enforceable.”

In the complaint filed Monday, Trump’s lawyers argue that the subpoena of Mazars “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,” The Washington Post reported.

“With this subpoena, the Oversight Committee is instead assuming the powers of the Department of Justice, investigating (dubious and partisan) allegations of illegal conduct by private individuals outside of government,” it says. “Its goal is to expose Plaintiffs’ private financial information for the sake of exposure, with the hope that it will turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the President now and in the 2020 election.”

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