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

Attorneys for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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 CummingsTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Trump, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? 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, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Dems digging into Trump finances post-Mueller 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 MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Washington in frenzy over release of Mueller report MORE (N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDems digging into Trump finances post-Mueller Overnight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Cummings accuses Oversight Republicans of obstructing drug price probe 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.”