President Trump and his private business are suing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to try to block a subpoena requesting financial records from the president’s accountant.
The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, asks a federal court in Washington, D.C., to prevent Cummings from obtaining records from Mazars USA, an accounting firm used by the president and his businesses, arguing congressional Democrats are abusing their subpoena power.
“Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” the suit reads. “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 filing escalates the legal and political battle between Trump and House Democrats over their sweeping investigations into the president’s administration, campaign and businesses.
It’s a familiar tactic for the president, who in his previous life as a real estate mogul frequently used lawsuits to target those who put his business interests at risk. But this lawsuit is the first Trump has filed to fight congressional attempts to investigate his personal finances and businesses.
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