Yet another setback for Trump’s legal team. Today seems to be the day for them.
Courtesy of CNN:
A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump’s accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee.
In a 41-page opinion, Judge Amit Mehta of the DC District Court dealt a significant blow to the White House as he rejected Trump’s attempt to block the committee’s subpoena, asserting that Congress is well within its authority to investigate the President.
Congress specifically can probe the President for conflicts of interest and ethical questions, Mehta wrote, reaching into history — citing everything from the presidency of James Buchanan, to the Teapot Dome scandal, to Watergate and Whitewater — to back up his ruling.
“History has shown that congressionally-exposed criminal conduct by the president or a high-ranking Executive Branch official can lead to legislation,” Mehta wrote.
“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,” he added.
It is especially noteworthy that Judge Mehta cited the example of President Buchanan, thought by most people to be the worst president in American history.
Kind of seems like he is sending a message, don’t you think?
Of course, Trump’s lawyers are planning to appeal this, because this is a game of obstruct and delay.
Even the most ardent Trump supporters do not really believe their side will prevail, not even if it went all the way to the Supreme Court.