President Donald Trump’s attorneys are urging a financial firm to ignore a Congressional subpoena demanding the president’s financial records, Politico reported on Monday.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a subpoena to accounting conglomerate Mazars USA, which is in possession of Trump’s coveted tax documents.
The subpoena seeks to confirm testimony by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who alleged that Trump over and under-inflated the value of his assets.
According to Politico, attorneys William S. Consovoy and Stefan Passantino put Mazars “on notice”—implying legal action should the firm comply with the subpoena.
“It is no secret that the Democrat Party has decided to use its new House majority to launch a flood of investigations into the president’s personal affairs in hopes of using anything they can find to damage him politically,” lawyers for the president wrote to Jerry D. Bernstein, Mazar’s counsel.
Trump’s attorneys accused Cummings and Congressional Democrats of mounting a political attack on their client, going so far as to peddle a false narrative about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference.
“The Democrats’ fervor has only intensified after the special counsel squelched their ‘Russia collusion’ narrative,” Consovoy and Passantino claimed.
The attorneys also argued that Congress lacks the authority to demand Trump’s financials.
“The House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes,” they said. “It is a legislative body, not ‘a law enforcement or trial agency,’ and the chairman’s attempt to assume for Congress the role of police, prosecutor, and judge is unconstitutional.”
All this points to one thing: Trump is petrified of the public getting a glimpse of his finances.
I'm not surprised at all. There must be something very damaging in his taxes………..but we already know that.
— Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) April 15, 2019
— sylvia (@sylvia257) April 15, 2019
Lol…this is why the company asked them to issue a subpoena. They knew Trump would be all over them so they needed legal justification.
He’s so screwed.
— Mel #ReleaseTheReport (@Mel4Justice) April 15, 2019
No financial records, no tax returns, no Mueller report… yet Trump somehow contends he has nothing to hide.
— Gertrude the Squid (@SquidGertrude) April 15, 2019
Trump’s legal time is encouraging witnesses to break the law.