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

Attorneys for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China 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 CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey MORE (D-Md.) is set to issue Monday, according to the report.


“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 CohenTrump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy Maxine Waters: Trump should be imprisoned and 'placed in solitary confinement' Michael Cohen denies Omarosa advising him in prison 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 MeadowsEx-Ukraine ambassador arrives to give testimony GOP seeks to gain more control of impeachment narrative Conservative lawmakers demand Schiff's recusal from Trump impeachment inquiry MORE (N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanIn testimony, Dems see an ambassador scorned, while GOP defends Trump Ex-Ukraine ambassador arrives to give testimony Graham threatens to call Volker to testify if Democrats don't release testimony 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.”