WASHINGTON – Attorneys for United States President Donald Trump appealed on Tuesday a federal court ruling that upheld a House of Representatives committee subpoena for the head of state’s financial records.
According to the appeal filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia. the lawyers are requesting a review of all aspects of the decision handed down Monday by Amit Mehta, a US district judge for the District of Columbia.
Mehta ruled that Trump cannot block a subpoena from the House’s Committee on Oversight and Reform seeking records from Mazars USA, the New York-based accounting firm used by the president and his companies.
Trump’s attorneys, however, say the request by that committee’s chairman, Democrat Elijah Cummings, is unconstitutional.
In a lawsuit filed in April to block the subpoena, they said that Democrats, who gained a majority in the US lower house in January, “are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses and even his family.”
“Instead of working with the President to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically,” the lawsuit stated.
Mehta, however, said in his ruling on Monday that the committee was acting with “valid legislative purposes” in seeking eight years of Trump’s financial records and that “it is not for the court to question whether the committee’s actions are truly motivated by political considerations.”
In statements to journalists at the White House shortly after the ruling was handed down, Trump slammed the decision as “crazy” and said his lawyers would appeal.
On March 20, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked Mazars to hand over “statements of financial condition” and audits prepared for Trump and several of his companies, including the one that owns the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington.
The panel also asked for supporting documents used to prepare the reports and communications between the head of state and the accounting firm.
According to The Washington Post, Mazars and a predecessor firm for more than a decade signed off on financial statements for Trump that he used in applying for loans.
Some of those statements included “frequent exaggerations or inaccuracies” and were accompanied by a note from the firm saying it was not responsible for the accuracy of the information, the daily reported.