President Trump is hitting back at his haters to block a subpoena that demands an accounting firm hand over 6 years of the President’s financial records to Congress.
The announcement came Monday as the President is filing a lawsuit at a top Democrat to block the subpoena.
The lawsuit, filed in a D.C. federal court Monday by Trump’s legal team, referred to the subpoena as a “weapon” in a “political war” being waged against the president by Democrats. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and chief investigative counsel Peter Kenny are named as defendants in the suit, CNBC reported.
As reported by Daily Caller, the House Oversight Committee last week issued a subpoena to Mazars, an accounting firm that is in possession of at least several years of Trump’s financial information. The subpoena demands documentation related to a multitude of Trump holdings, including the Trump Organization, the Trump Corporation, the Trump Foundation, and the Trump International Hotel.
Cummings indicated that the Oversight Committee is seeking the financial information in relation to Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, in which the former Trump lawyer claimed the president routinely inflated his assets to benefit his business ventures.
Trump lawyers William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino said in a statement that the subpoena to “obtain years’ worth of confidential information from their accountants lacks any legitimate legislative purpose, is an abuse of power, and is just another example of overreach by the president’s political opponents.” (Continued Below)
The lawsuit asks the court to render the subpoena invalid and to issue a permanent injunction against Cummings and Mazars.
“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” Jay Sekulow, the president’s counsel, asserted about the lawsuit. (Continued Below)
Judge Andrew Napolitano responded Monday on Fox News and said, “So the question is if the subpoena goes from the House of Representatives to a third party, to [Trump’s] accountants, can the President jump in the middle of that and seek to quash the subpoena. The answer is yes.”
He continued, “The complaint actually asks the court to second guess Congress’ motivation and courts are reluctant to do that because the courts and the Congress are equal branches of government and don’t get in the business of second-guessing the motivation of either.”
Napolitano pointed out, “However, Congress has to have a legitimate legislative purpose for wanting the President’s tax returns and financial records. They can’t just get them, because he’s the President and because his predecessors have exposed this type of material about themselves and they can’t get them because they want to torment him.”
He further noted that Congress will have to answer this complaint and establish a purpose. “It doesn’t have to be a purpose directly out of the Constitution. It could be something tangentially related to what Congress does that could suffice. If they can’t show the purpose, they will lose and the subpoena will be quashed.” (Video Below)
(H/T Daily Caller)