Personal Attorneys for President Donald Trump have requested the United States Supreme Court shield his financial records from a Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee.
In a formal petition they argue the case, “raises important separation-of-powers questions concerning Congress’s authority to subpoena the personal records of a sitting President for legislative purposes.”
That motion filed ahead of a Thursday deadline, Trump’s personal attorneys also warned the justices that a lower court ruling in favor of the Democratic lawmakers would set a dangerous precedent if allowed to stand.
“This unprecedented subpoena should have been invalidated, and the D.C. Circuit’s decision upholding it was mistake,” they proclaimed.
Adding that, “Under the D.C. Circuit’s decision, Congress can subpoena any private records it wishes from the President on the mere assertion that it is considering legislation that might require presidents to disclose that same information.”
Plus “given the obvious temptation to investigate the personal affairs of political rivals, subpoenas concerning the private lives of presidents will become routine in times of divided government.”
The House Oversight and Reform Committee wants eight years of financial documents released from Mazars USA, Trump’s longtime accounting firm, to compare them with testimony from his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well as with government disclosures.
This petition entered right as Trump is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate. The same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed that House Democrats will follow through in drafting articles of impeachment against him. Pelosi professed that President Trump’s actions “leaves us no choice to act.”
The filing came just a month after one submitted asking the high court to review a decision that would require Mazars to disclose them to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. Trump’s attorneys then claimed, “It is the first time Congress has issued a subpoena, under its legislative powers, to investigate the president for illegal conduct.”
While Trump counsel Jay Sekulow previously stated, “The Second Circuit decision is wrong and should be reversed. In our petition, we assert that the subpoena violates the U.S. Constitution and therefore is unenforceable. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant review in this significant constitutional case and reverse the dangerous and damaging decision of the appeals court.”
Though Democrats in the lower chamber still vow that more impeachment inquiries may follow. The president has demanded a Senate trial be swift. Yet details regarding any upcoming proceedings before the Senate remain pending.