House Dems seeking Trump financial info going back 10 years

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have requested information from a tax and accounting firm about President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE's finances going back 10 years, from before he launched his White House bid, according to a letter sent to the firm and released Wednesday.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, released a letter he sent to the the firm Mazars USA LLP requesting information about Trump's finances going back to Jan. 1, 2009. He released the letter after two Republicans on the panel shared news of the request earlier in the day.

Cummings wrote in his letter dated March 20 that his request was spurred by testimony from Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package Michael Cohen offered job as political consultant, lawyer says On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' MORE, Trump's former personal attorney, who told lawmakers earlier this year that Trump often inflated or deflated his net worth for "potentially improper purposes."


“Mr. Cohen produced to the Committee financial statements from 2011, 2012, and 2013 that raise questions about the President’s representations of his financial affairs on these forms and on other disclosures, particularly relating to the President’s debts,” Cummings wrote to the firm. “Several of these documents appear to have been signed by your firm.”

The Oversight chairman is requesting details on a litany of issues, including any altering of Trump's financial info, efforts to buy the Buffalo Bills football team and info on reduced interest rates on loans from Deutsche Bank. He requested the firm send the panel any related documents by April 3.

Cummings released the letter after two Republicans on the Oversight panel, Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOn The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks MORE (N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWorld's most trafficked mammal gives Trump new way to hit China on COVID-19 The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing MORE (Ohio), accused the Democratic chairman of attempting to obtain information about Trump's personal finances "solely to embarrass President Trump and to advance the relentless Democrat attacks upon the Trump administration.”

Meadows and Jordan, who are top allies of Trump on Capitol Hill, noted in a statement that Cummings's inquiry to the tax and accounting firm centered around actions years before Trump ran for president. The pair wrote that the inquiry about Trump's finances "appears to depart from responsible and legitimate oversight."

“Under House Rule X, you have broad latitude to investigate ‘any matter at any time.’ However, we rely on you to exercise your authority as Chairman with good judgement so that the Committee’s work focuses on improving the overall economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government or bettering the lives of the American people,” Meadows and Jordan wrote in a letter to Cummings on Wednesday.

Cummings later Wednesday fired back on the GOP congressmen, suggesting they would support strong oversight measures if a Democrat sat in the White House.

“I suppose it is no longer a surprise that Republicans on the Oversight Committee are now opposed to oversight itself—especially since a Republican entered the White House," Cummings asserted in a statement.

"If they had their way, the Committee would just close up shop for the next two years, but that is not what the American people elected us to do. We are following-up on specific allegations regarding the President’s actions based on corroborating documents obtained by the Committee, and we will continue our efforts to conduct credible, robust, and independent oversight.”

Meadows and Jordan have emerged as vocal critics of the new House Democratic majority as several committees flex their investigative muscles to probe the Trump administration and Trump’s personal and business finances.

.@RepJerryNadler’s fishing expedition—81 document requests covering over 60 individuals. Mueller issued 500 search warrants and 2800 subpoenas. No collusion. No obstruction. But Nadler thinks he can find it with 81 letters,” Jordan tweeted Tuesday regarding the House Judiciary Committee’s widespread probe into Trump’s campaign, business and administration and requests the panel sent to 81 Trump associates for information.

The two congressmen have also pointed to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s conclusion that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia in 2016, arguing the conclusion is evidence that House Democrats are simply searching for something to bring down the president.

– Updated: 3:55 p.m.