House panel urges Supreme Court to uphold its subpoena

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WASHINGTON – A powerful House committee investigating President Donald Trump’s financial dealings urged the Supreme Court Thursday to validate a subpoena requiring his accounting firm to turn over several years of tax returns and financial records.

The request from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform came less than a week after Trump’s lawyers sought to block a federal appeals court’s decision that said the records from the accounting firm Mazars USA must be released.

House of Representatives General Counsel Douglas Letter argued that Trump’s legal team has not “demonstrated that any harm they will suffer if Mazars responds to the subpoena outweighs the severe harm that Congress would suffer by being deprived of information it urgently needs to exercise its constitutional functions.”

The justices are expected to decide in the coming days whether to grant Trump’s effort to delay and potentially reverse the lower court’s edict. They also are considering a similar request to block New York City prosecutors from getting the records as part of a criminal probe into payments made to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump years before his election in 2016. The president has denied their allegations. 



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