Federal judge rules that accounting firm must hand Trump financial records over to Congress.

By |2019-05-21T07:20:46-08:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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. 

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 21, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Trump is a lot like the characters in the Wizard of Oz

    No heart
    No brain
    And is a Cowardly Liar

  2. Anon May 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    The message of the death of Jesus is to rise out of ignorance.

    Ignorant people have concretized the symbol, losing the very message itself.

    What a desecration.

  3. Old Redneck May 22, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Remember when Scalia died and Obama nominated his replacement on the Supreme Couirt? Remember when Turtleface McConnell refused to even allow hearings on Obama’s nominee, choosing instead to hold the SCOTUS seat open, hoping a Republican would be elected POTUS in 2016, thereby allowing the new President to stack the court with rightwingnutjobs?

    Obama’s nominee was Merrick Garland.

    At the same time, there was discussion that Judge Amit Mehta would have made a fine choice for Obama’s nomination.

    Trump’s consigliere willl appeal Judge Mehta’s ruling. The judge who will hear the appeal? Merrick Garland.

  4. #1Cheater May 22, 2019 at 7:44 am

    notwithstanding Trump’s campaign promise that if elected he would not play golf at all, the White House has done preliminary work for Trump’s visit to his resort on the west coast of Ireland next month, according to Irish media and government sources, even though no official meeting with Irish leaders is planned in the capital, Dublin. It will be the first time Trump will visit a foreign country — with the staggering footprint of personnel and equipment that entails — for the main purpose of playing golf, though an official purpose was layered on after the fact.

    “It’s obviously an incredible waste of money,”

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-golf-102-million-taxpayers_n_5ce46727e4b09b23e65a01bb

  5. aNOn May 22, 2019 at 9:39 am

    https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/725702479/mnuchin-says-he-has-not-yet-reviewed-memo-mandating-irs-turn-over-trump-tax-retu?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190522&fbclid=IwAR3QOSC-hlEogmsawTJjV6rmSW8P5ynkHdvL5j4c1jYTxf17bSQADvAhgH4

    “According to the memo, obtained by the Washington Post, disclosure of the President’s tax forms
    “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.””

  6. Anonymous May 22, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Let them appeal.

    Who will hear the appeal?

    MERRICK GARLAND!

    Oh, Donnie. So gonna suck to be you.

    And you know who you blame? Mitch McConnell.

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