WASHINGTON, D.C – (10-11-19) (LGBT Politics) – U.S. Court of Appeals for the district of Columbia have rejected President Trump‘s appeal over releasing his financial records to congressional investigators.
The federal court on Friday, upholds Congressional investigators subpoena for Trump’s financial records from the accounting firm of Mazars USA, dating back eight years.
The court determined that President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be provided to congressional investigators. The opinion itself is loaded with references to United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974), commonly referred to as the Watergate scandal.
Federal Court Rules Trump Financial Records Subpoena is legitimate
In a two-to-one decision authored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA, LLP was ordered to comply with a subpoena issued by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform back on April 15 of 2019.
“Contrary to the President’s arguments, the Committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply,” Judge David Tatel wrote in the majority opinion.
“We conclude that in issuing the challenged subpoena, the Committee was engaged in a ‘legitimate legislative investigation,’ ” wrote Tatel, who was joined by Judge Patricia Millett in the majority decision.
Crucial to the U.S. Court of Appeals decision and rejection of Trump’s argument, was the ever-looming historical, statutory and judicial precedent of the Watergate scandal of 1974.
The split ruling rejected Trump’s bid to block the committee from getting eight years’ worth of his records from the accounting firm Mazars USA.
Trump also is also battling a subpoena for his corporate and personal income tax returns, which Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. wants for their investigation into the hush money payments paid to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The dissenting opinion came from Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Donald Trump.
Trump’s financial records will not be released immediately to congressional committees as the appeals panel ordered that the effect of the ruling be put on hold to give Trump time to either seek a rehearing of the case by either the same panel, or by the entire U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit judges. Trump also can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take his appeal but at this time, his attorneys are simply saying they are reviewing the ruling and evaluating their next move.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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