Amit Mehta, federal judge, rules against Trump in subpoena dispute
Added 05-20-19 06:22:02pm EST - “A federal judge ruled Monday that one of President Trump's accounting firms must comply with a congressional subpoena for some of his personal financial documents, dealing a major blow to his claims that Congress's investigations…” - Washingtontimes.com
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday against President Donald Trump in a financial records dispute with Congress.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, said Trump cannot block a House subpoena of financial records. He said the Democratic-led House committee seeking the information has said it believes the documents would help lawmakers consider strengthening ethics and disclosure laws, among other things.
The committee’s reasons were “valid legislative purposes,” Mehta said, and it was not for him “to question whether the Committee’s actions are truly motivated by political considerations.”
The decision comes amid a widespread effort by the White House and the president’s lawyers to refuse to cooperate with congressional requests for information and records.
In the case before Mehta, Trump and his business organization sued to block the subpoena issued in April to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president and Trump Organization. Trump’s lawyers accused Democrats of harassing Trump and said the subpoena “has no legitimate legislative purpose.”
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