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Appeals Court: Turn Trump's Finance Records Over to House

The president could appeal to the Supreme Court
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2019 10:06 AM CDT
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President Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday as he returns from a campaign rally in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives, per the AP. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. The firm has provided accounting services to Trump, who went to court to prevent Mazars from turning over the records. He could appeal to the Supreme Court. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed records from Mazars in April. They include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president's reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest.

In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court batted away Trump's legal claims. "Contrary to the President's arguments, the Committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply," Judge David Tatel wrote, joined by Judge Patricia Millett. Tatel was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Millett is an appointee of President Barack Obama. Trump appointee Neomi Rao wrote in dissent that the committee should have asked for the records under the House's impeachment power, not its legislative authority. The case is one of several working its way through courts in which Trump is fighting with Congress over records. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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