U.S. Federal judge upholds House subpoena for Trump’s financial records

Trump’s accountants MUST turn over his financial records, federal judge rules – prompting fury from president who bashes ‘crazy’ ruling and promises to appeal//Crimson Tazvinzwa

A United States  federal Judge has sided with House Democrats on Subpoena, Orders President Trump’s Former Accountants to turn over financial records.

Judge Amit Mehta sided with a Democratic-controlled congressional committee on Monday, ordering President Trump’s accounting firm to comply with a subpoena and turn over his long-sought financial records.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry,” Judge Mehta wrote in a lengthy opinion Monday afternoon.

Last Tuesday, federal judge Mehta heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with the House Oversight Committee’s demand.

Mehta said at the time that financial records from Trump’s long-time accounting firm would be part of a ‘proper subject of investigation’ by Congress, appearing to side with Democratic lawmakers seeking more oversight of the president.

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’s challenge of the Mazars subpoena was his first effort to quash the multiple House inquiries.

President Trump is also sued over subpoenas for his financial records sent to Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp.

Some legal experts have said Trump’s lawsuits are unlikely to succeed. They believe Congress has broad power to issue subpoenas as long as requested documents can help it legislate, and that courts are reluctant to second-guess its motivations.

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