Trump lawyers urge accounting firm to refuse Dems' financial records subpoena: report

Attorneys for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE are urging an accounting firm not to comply with a House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoena for a decade of his financial records, according to Politico.

Two of Trump’s attorneys, Stefan Passantino and William Consovoy, have told Mazars USA to defy the subpoena, which committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.) is set to issue Monday, according to the report.

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“It is no secret that the Democrat Party has decided to use its new House majority to launch a flood of investigations into the president’s personal affairs in hopes of using anything they can find to damage him politically,” Consovoy and Passantino wrote to Mazars outside counsel Jerry Bernstein, Politico reported.

The lawyers warned Mazars they were putting the firm “on notice” for potential legal action and urged it not to provide any of the documents Cummings requested before the subpoena has been litigated in court.

“[T]he House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes. It is a legislative body, not ‘a law enforcement or trial agency,’ and the chairman’s attempt to assume for Congress the role of police, prosecutor, and judge is unconstitutional,” the attorneys added.

Cummings first requested the documents in March in response to testimony from Trump’s former personal attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle House Oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt MORE claiming that Trump had manipulated his net worth for “potentially improper purposes.” Mazars asked Cummings for a so-called friendly subpoena before they provided the information.

Consovoy and Passantino’s rhetoric around the request echoes that of Republican Oversight members Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump House Oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt MORE (N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices MORE (Ohio), two of Trump’s most consistent allies in the House, who have said Cummings’s requests are "solely to embarrass President Trump and to advance the relentless Democrat attacks upon the Trump administration.”