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Trump just got awful news from a federal appeals court


Added 05-22-19 12:59:02pm EST - “Trump's judges don't have the votes to bail him out ?" at least not yet.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Trump just got awful news from a federal appeals court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman reveals some truly terrible news for President Donald Trump’s efforts to resist a congressional investigation into his finances.

Here's something we do know: If Trump files an emergency motion to delay yesterday's order, it would go to a monthly motions panel. Right now that's Judges Tatel, Millett, and Rao. So no Garland there. That's different from whatever merits panel is later assigned 9/x

To explain, on Monday, federal District Judge Amit Mehta ruled that Trump’s accounting firm must comply with a congressional subpoena seeking many of Trump’s financial records. Just as significantly, Mehta denied Trump a stay of this decision that lasts longer than one week. Thus, unless Trump’s lawyers can convince a higher court to issue such a stay by next Monday, the House Oversight Committee will soon know a whole lot more about Trump’s personal finances.

As Tillman reports, Trump’s request to stay Mehta’s decision will be heard by a motions panel consisting of Judges David Tatel, Patricia Millett, and Neomi Rao — at least assuming that this case proceeds through ordinary procedures and none of these three judges recuses. Tatel is a Clinton appointee. Millett is an Obama appointee. Rao is a Trump appointee. The case is Trump v. Committee on Oversight and Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

As Mehta explains in his opinion, Trump’s legal arguments are extraordinarily weak. Though “there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority,” Mehta wrote, those limits “do not substantially constrain Congress.” Rather, “so long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which ‘legislation could be had,’ Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution.”

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