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U.S. judge says some Trump records should be turned over to House panel

EconomyAug 11, 2021 04:51PM ET
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By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Donald Trump's accounting firm Mazars to turn over some of the former president's financial records to a U.S. House of Representatives committee but not all of the documents sought by the congressional panel.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta came in a long-running lawsuit brought by the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee, which first issued a subpoena for Trump's financial records in 2019.

Mehta said Mazars should turn over documents relating to Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., saying the committee proved that it needed them to evaluate potential legislation and conduct government oversight.

But the judge did not allow House investigators to see disclosure forms Trump submitted to the government that outlined his assets and liabilities.

Mehta said he was "left wondering about the necessity (or even unique usefulness) of President Trump’s personal papers."

The lawsuit is back in Mehta's courtroom after a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a July 2020 decision, the high court said Mehta needed to redo his legal analysis.

In that 7-2 decision, the justices said that in Mehta's courtroom House Democrats needed to further explain their need for the records, and that Mehta should weigh that stated justification against the burdens placed on Trump by complying with the subpoena.

Unlike other recent presidents, Trump refused to release his tax returns and other documents that could provide details on his wealth and the activities of his family company, the Trump Organization.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has separately obtained Trump’s tax returns, but that does not mean the public will see them.

The records were obtained in connection with a grand jury investigation, and New York law requires that grand jury materials be kept confidential.

In a statement, House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said she was pleased the court recognizes the panel is "entitled to a broad set of President Trump’s financial records as part of our critical investigation aimed at preventing presidential conflicts of interest, self-dealing, and constitutional violations."

She added that she is also disappointed the ruling "narrowed the subpoena" in some respects and said the panel is "actively considering next steps."

U.S. judge says some Trump records should be turned over to House panel
 

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milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Sep 24, 2021 9:48AM ET
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If Trump's not part of the subject nobody opens the content from Reuters.  This is what happens when you mortgage your journalistic integrity for political purposes.  The head of Reuters has already stepped down realizing that there's no future for Reuters without Trump same as CNN and the rest of them.  Just close your doors and stop embarrassing yourself.
Special Forces
Special Forces Aug 13, 2021 11:15AM ET
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trump is a ***
Joseph Obrzut
jzut Aug 11, 2021 5:39PM ET
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Again put up a trump story and scroll down to look at the # of comments. Always funny.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 11, 2021 1:35PM ET
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Trump simps will pitch a fit
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Aug 11, 2021 1:35PM ET
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jason black he's everywhere
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 11, 2021 1:35PM ET
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Jason, how is laughing at Trump simps having a fit equal to "crying about Trump"?
gary leibowitz
gary leibowitz Aug 11, 2021 1:33PM ET
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After 5 years of the most ruthless dictator on our shores doing the most blatant actions to dismantle our republic does any of this matter?  Extorting a nation, siding with Putin over our own government, coup attempt using DOJ and GOP, self proclaimed ********magnet, most incompetent leader in history and a 2 party system that actually thinks their party dominance is everything. We as a nation is already dead but rigor mortis hasn't set in.
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Aug 11, 2021 1:33PM ET
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I think the most incompetent leader in history is going to have to be Joe biden. I mean come on the guy's got dementia how much more incompetent does it get. He's giving people with dementia a bad name
dc Gpswill
dc Gpswill Aug 11, 2021 12:51PM ET
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it gonna be a great show !
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Aug 11, 2021 12:50PM ET
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I sure would like to find out how pelosi came into 100 plus million dollars.  And why no one seems to want to ask that question especially since her husband just made five million dollars trading off of her inside information
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Me comment Aug 11, 2021 12:50PM ET
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same way trump came into his hard work and a superior business mind.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 11, 2021 12:49PM ET
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Why is Democratic party so concerned with someone they “beat” in the elections?
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 11, 2021 12:49PM ET
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Because, Felipe, contrary to your belief, it's not about "let's get Trump!" It's about following up on subpoenas that he used the president's office to avoid, and about seeing how certain laws might need to be changed next time a multinational business owner refuses to disclose his taxes, to prove there are no conflicts of interest. Making sure that the president cannot be coerced or tempted by conflicts of interest, especially by foreign powers, is important.
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Aug 11, 2021 12:49PM ET
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Adrian White  Rriiiiiiight.. I've got some land in South Florida I would love to show you when it's not raining
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Aug 11, 2021 12:44PM ET
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Can they also include the biden and pelosi and schuemer’s records?
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 11, 2021 12:44PM ET
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Sure, Eudon, if any of those people also get elected as president and then refuse to disclose their tax records, while simultaneously refusing to extract themselves from their international businesses that can benefit from their decisions as president.
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Tre Hsi Aug 11, 2021 12:44PM ET
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Biden already published all his tax records, but of course you knew that
 
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