Beyond the president's financial records, Democrats in Congress have made progress this week on another front: access to a less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report and some of the investigation's underlying evidence. It comes two days after another federal judge, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., said Trump's accountants at Mazars LLP had to comply with a congressional subpoena for his financial records.
The lawyers for the Congress' House Financial Services and Intelligence committees said they needed access to documents from the banks to investigate possible "foreign influence in the USA political process" and possible money laundering from overseas. He also rejected Trump's argument that they were barred by a federal financial privacy laws, the Right to Financial Privacy Act, saying the law does not apply to congressional investigations.
In a decision read from the bench after hearing arguments, US District Judge Edgardo Ramos in NY said Congress has the legal authority to demand the records, clearing the way for the banks to comply with subpoenas issued to them by two US House of Representatives committees last month.
It would seem that Trump and Deutsche Bank both stand to be exposed by production of the financial records requested by Congress, but instead of creating a united front, the two now find themselves on opposing sides of federal litigation. The bank has said it would comply with subpoenas.
When Ramos finished reading aloud a lengthy ruling, he asked Trump's lawyer, Patrick Strawbridge, if he would appeal. A complaint filed in April by Trump's lawyers argued the subpoenas were "overbroad", and that the Democrats were using them just to "stumble on something" that could be used in a political attack. "So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts", Michigan Democrat Representative Dan Kildee told Reuters. Ramos said the subpoenas have "a legitimate legislative goal".
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Shortly after Pelosi's comments, Trump held an impromptu press conference at the White House during which he lashed out at Democratic leaders for pursuing investigations, particularly related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
"We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations", Deutsche Bank said in a statement ahead of the hearing.
An aide to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., has said it wouldn't help with his committee's standing request from the IRS for six years' worth of President Trump's tax records.
Lawyers for Trump and his three oldest children appeared in NY federal court Wednesday to challenge subpoenas for information about the Trumps' businesses.
Lawyers for President Donald Trump will argue their case on Wednesday afternoon to quash congressional subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank. He said Congress' investigatory powers were broad, and that it is "not the role of the judicial branch to question [Congress'] motives".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she was "very excited" by the outcome. They said it was a "safe bet" they would appeal the decision. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who was also appointed by Obama, is overseeing the NY case.