Democratic members of Congress have promised for months that Trump, by one committee or another, would be subpoenaed. That promise has been kept by Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Cummings said that his committee would subpoena accounting firm Mazars USA LLC for Trump’s financial information. The quest is to acquire Trump’s annual statements, periodic financial reports and independent auditors’ reports, as well as Trump’s records of communications.
Back in March, the committee in a letter requested information on how the various records were prepared, but was told by Mazars that they would only relinquish the records if they were subpoenaed. All of this stems from Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony that his boss inflated or deflated the value of his assets whenever it benefitted him.
On Monday, Trump’s lawyers filed a suit seeking to declare the subpoena invalid and “unenforceable.” They also asked for a permanent “injunction quashing” Cummings’ subpoena.
The lawyers charge that “Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” the suit says.
“This complaint,” Cummings responded, “reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.” He said that Trump has “a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with his duly authorized subpoena from Congress.”
Trump’s lawyers countered that the attempt to obtain 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. We look forward to vindicating our client’s rights on this matter.”
It will be interesting to see how U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta rules on the matter since she was appointed by President Obama in 2014.