Appeals court refuses to block House subpoena for Trump’s financial records
The appeals court upheld Congress’s broad investigative authority and ordered the two banks to comply with the House subpoenas for the president’s financial information. The case pre-dates the public impeachment proceedings in the House. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post “The Committees have already been delayed in the receipt of the subpoenaed material since April 11 when the subpoenas were issued. They need the remaining time to analyze the material, hold hearings, and draft bills for possible enactment,” according to the ruling from Judge Jon O.
The House cited 2020 election security concerns Wednesday when it urged the Supreme Court not to delay the enforcement of congressional subpoenas for financial records of President Donald Trump and his business from Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corporation.
Any harm to Trump for allowing the enforcement of the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees would be less severe than Congress not getting information it needs to protect the elections from foreign influence, House attorneys argued in a Supreme Court filing.
Trump files appeal at Supreme Court in financial records fight
President Donald Trump on Thursday filed court papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling directing an accounting firm to hand over his financial records to a Democratic-led congressional panel, setting up a major clash between branches of government. © 2019 The Washington Post WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 19: The Supreme Court of the United States is seen March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Trump turned to the justices after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided on Nov.
The House said a delay in the subpoenas would be deprive “the peoples’ representatives of information they need to secure the nation’s 2020 elections from foreign influence and otherwise exercise their constitutional responsibilities wisely before their time for doing so expires.”
The window for passage and implementation of legislative reforms to counter Russian efforts to sow social discord and erode public confidence in the machinery of government “is rapidly closing,” the House filing states.
The House filing responds to Trump’s emergency request for the justices to halt an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit for “prompt” compliance with the subpoenas, at least until the court can consider Trump’s appeal.
Trump asks Supreme Court to prevent banks turning over financial records
President Donald Trump, fighting to keep details of his finances secret, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to prevent records held by Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from being handed over to Democratic-led congressional panels. © Getty Images US President Donald Trump takes part in a round table discussion on business and red tape reduction in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trump's lawyers asked the high court to put a hold a Dec. 3 ruling by Manhattan-based 2nd U.S.
This is the third case with similar issues at the high court in the past few weeks.
The Supreme Court is likely to grant Trump’s request. The justices already granted Trump’s emergency request to put a hold on a lower court ruling ordering accounting firm Mazars USA to comply with a congressional subpoena for eight years of the president’s financial records.
If the justices agree to hear the Mazars case, the freeze would remain until they rule, likely before the end of the current court term at the end of June. But if the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, the House Oversight and Reform Committee could seek the documents as early as this month.
The Supreme Court scheduled a separate but closely related case — Trump’s challenge to a subpoena to Mazars in a Manhattan grand jury probe that is nearly identical to the congressional subpoena — for a closed-door conference on Dec. 13.
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DOJ tells court McGahn subpoena is moot after impeachment vote .
The Trump administration told a court on Thursday that the House subpoena ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the impeachment inquiry "appears to be moot" now that the president has been impeached. © Getty Images DOJ tells court McGahn subpoena is moot after impeachment vote The Department of Justice submitted a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the House Judiciary Committee overstepped its authority by seeking a court order to compel McGahn to testify and that it plans to take the fight to the Supreme Court if it loses on appeal.