DC Circuit rejects Trump challenge to block House subpoena of financial records

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

DNY59/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The federal circuit of appeals in Washington, D.C., has affirmed a lower court order rejecting legal challenges from President Donald Trump’s legal team to a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee regarding the president’s financial records from Mazars, an accounting firm the Trump family has used for years.

In the lengthy decision, the circuit court writes, “The fact that every President during the last four decades has filed financial disclosures offers persuasive evidence.”

The decision goes on to say that “this subpoena is a valid exercise of the legislative oversight authority because it seeks information important to determining the fitness of legislation to address potential problems within the Executive Branch and the electoral system; it does not seek to determine the President’s fitness for office.”

During oral arguments this past summer, one of Trump’s attorneys, William Consovoy, said that the committee had overstepped its constitutional powers.

“Where there are constitutional doubts?” Consovoy said at the time. “The committee’s power should be narrow.”

Consovoy said the president has a “hard line in pen” drawn around him protecting him from certain inquires.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., has accused the president of “unprecedented stonewalling” as he continues to fight this and other subpoenas issued by the House.

Trump’s lead counsel, Jay Sekulow, tells ABC News the team is “evaluating their options.” Considering this was the first appeal of the matter, the only legal remedy left would be going to the Supreme Court.

As part of the ruling by the three judge panel Friday, the jurists write: “The fact that the subpoena in this case seeks information that concerns the President of the United States adds a twist, but not a surprising one: disputes between Congress and the President are a recurring plot in our national story. And that is precisely what the Framers intended.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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