Trump Counterattacks Top Dem With Lawsuit
The lawsuit, filed in a D.C. federal court Monday by Trump’s legal team, referred to the subpoena as a “weapon” in a “political war” being waged against the president by Democrats. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and chief investigative counsel Peter Kenny are named as defendants in the suit, CNBC reported.
The House Oversight Committee last week issued a subpoena to Mazars, an accounting firm that is in possession of at least several years of Trump’s financial information. The subpoena demands documentation related to a multitude of Trump holdings, including the Trump Organization, the Trump Corporation, the Trump Foundation and the Trump International Hotel.
Cummings indicated that the Oversight Committee is seeking the financial information in relation to Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, in which the former Trump lawyer claimed the president routinely inflated his assets to benefit his business ventures.
Trump lawyers William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino said in a statement that the subpoena to “obtain years’ worth of confidential information from their accountants lacks any legitimate legislative purpose, is an abuse of power, and is just another example of overreach by the president’s political opponents.”
"We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered," Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said defiantly.