Trump Tells Personal Accountant To Ignore Dem Subpoena For His Financial Info

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, after former Internal Revenue Service ... Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, after former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself and did not testify before the committee's hearing on the targeting of tea party groups. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) MORE LESS
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President Trump told his accountant to ignore a subpoena from House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a Monday letter, arguing the request is not “valid or enforceable.”

In the letter, Trump personal attorneys William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino also wrote that the firm is “on notice” regarding the request and signaled that they could take legal action to shield Trump’s financial information.

“We ask that Mazars provide us with at least 10-days notice so that we may take appropriate legal steps to protect our clients’ rights,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the letter, addressed to Mazars USA outside counsel Jerry Bernstein.

The letter, first reported by Politico, follows a memorandum that Cummings circulated on Friday to lawmakers, saying that he intended to issue a subpoena to Mazars. Cummings seeks personal financial information that Mazars prepared on behalf of Trump and a number of his companies as part of an effort to investigate claims made by Michael Cohen that the President would inflate or deflate the value of his assets to gain tax and other business advantages.

Trump argued in the April 15 letter that Cummings is seeking “confidential information” that is only accessible by the same tax code provision under which the House Ways and Means Committee is demanding the President’s tax returns.

“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,” the letter from Trump’s personal lawyers reads.

The letter adds that House Oversight is not a “miniature Department of Justice.”

In a separate release, House Oversight Republicans Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) called the subpoena “unprecedented,” but appear to have stopped short of sending a separate letter to Mazars itself.

In a memo to lawmakers on Monday announcing the issuance of the subpoena, Cummings hit back at Jordan’s statements.

“The Ranking Member is embarking on an unprecedented path of partisanship that all Members of the House of Representatives should find concerning because it could have a detrimental impact on Congress’ ability to exercise its core Constitutional oversight responsibilities for years to come,” Cummings wrote.

Consovoy also represents Trump in his personal capacity in a lawsuit brought by the D.C. and Maryland attorneys general alleging violations of the Emoluments clause, and has written to the Treasury Department to urge it to ignore House Ways and Means’s request for Trump’s tax returns. 

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  1. These are hanging curve balls for the Dems to whack. Just do it.

  2. Avatar for spin spin says:

    The reality is that the accounting firm has no legal standing to oppose a subpeona. Only their client can. And their Client (Trump) has no legal ground to oppose a subpeona. Tax Forms are confidential by law (excepting that the house and senate tax comittee chair can get them) but other than that, the underlying work papers/accounts, etc, can be seen by Congress, and frankly can be released by congress if they want.

  3. Yep. Start dropping subpoenas and let’s see who is actually willing to go jail for him or not, while the courts sort it out.

    I would also like to see a constant thread pop in the media concerning Trump’s track record of cutting loose people who fall on the sword for him. :wink:

  4. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    President Trump told his accountant to ignore a subpoena from House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a Monday letter, arguing the request is not “valid or enforceable.”

    In the letter, Trump personal attorneys William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino also wrote that the firm is “on notice” regarding the request and signaled that they could take legal action to shield Trump’s financial information.

    So when do Dems file contempt of Congress charges against Consovoy and Passantino for interfering with legitimate Congressional powers and impeachment proceedings against Trump?

  5. Yep, it’s all starting to hit the fan. Very gratifying. Madam Speaker, if this is what you’re waiting for, then bravo to you.

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