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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he disagreed with a federal judge who ruled against his attempt to block a House of Representatives committee from seeking his financial records and told reporters he would appeal the decision.
Lawyers for Trump and his company had argued the House Oversight Committee’s demand for financial records from his accounting firm exceeded Congress’s constitutional limits.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta also denied Trump’s request to stay his decision pending an appeal.
“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct—past or present—even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry,” Mehta wrote. “Congress plainly views itself as having sweeping authority to investigate illegal conduct of a President, before and after taking office. This court is not prepared to roll back the tide of history.”
Trump’s lawyers will appeal the federal judge’s ruling today that Trump can’t block a House subpoena seeking his financial records from his longtime accounting firm.https://t.co/8khJkaq0h8
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) May 20, 2019
BREAKING A federal judge has denied President Trump’s bid to quash a House subpoena for years of his financial records from his accounting firm, and declined a request by the president’s lawyers to stay his order pending their appeal. STORY UPCOMING pic.twitter.com/96pydAKwz8
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) May 20, 2019
President Trump’s accountants must give his financial records to Congress, a federal judge ruled. Mr. Trump’s lawyers are almost certain to appeal.https://t.co/nv22fM1irl
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 20, 2019
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