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Trump Organization And House Democrats Square Off Over Subpoena

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elijah cummings - The first judicial square-off over subpoenas between President Donald Trump and House Democrats is expected to take place in D.C. District court Tuesday where a judge is set to hear arguments on a lawsuit brought by the Trump Organization against Democratic House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings.

The Trump Organization filed the suit against Cummings in his official capacity as chairman of the House Oversight Committee in April, seeking relief from the subpoena that the committee issued to Trump's accounting firm seeking 10 years worth of the president's financial records.

“The Democrat Party, with its newfound control of the U.S. House of Representatives, has declared all-out political war against President Donald J. Trump. Subpoenas are their weapon of choice,” read a complaint filed by Trump's attorneys in April. “House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically.”

In response, Cummings accused the president of "unprecedented stonewalling" and said he has yet to produce "a single document or witness" to his committee.

"The President has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress," Cummings said in a statement Monday. "This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information."

The original subpoena had required Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, to turn documents over to the oversight committee by April 29. The deadline was moved until after the judge in Tuesday's case could rule.


Source WBAL
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