Democrats and Trump do battle in court over his financial records
Added 05-15-19 10:11:02am EST - “By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from U.S. President Donald Trump's long-time accounting firm would be part of a "proper subject of investigation" by Congress, appearing to side…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from U.S. President Donald 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.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena, marking the first time a federal court has waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in probing Trump and his business affairs.
In an aggressive response to congressional oversight, Trump is refusing to cooperate with a series of investigations into issues ranging from his tax returns and policy decisions to his Washington hotel and his children's security clearances.
A lawyer for the president, William Consovoy, asserted on Tuesday that the Democrats' subpoena fell outside of Congress' legislative function and that the House was claiming "unbridled" power to investigate Trump.
"They have made clear that this is not about legislation. They want to know if there has been any wrongdoing," Consovoy said. "That is not the purpose of Congress."
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