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Congress Can Seek Trump's Financial Records, Appeals Court Rules NYT
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's accounting firm must turn over eight years of financial records to a House committee, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, handing the president a significant defeat in his attempts to block the release of the returns.

The House Reform and Oversight Committee issued a subpoena earlier this year demanding that Mazars USA, the president's accounting firm, hand over the records. Mr. Trump's lawyers accused Democrats on the committee of conducting a witch hunt with no legitimate purpose.

On Friday, a three-judge federal panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided 2-1 with the Democrats, saying that the committee has the right to the documents.
The ruling is a significant loss for the president, who often boasts of his wealth but has adamantly refused to release his tax returns since he began his campaign for president. His lawyers could appeal the case to the full appellate court or the Supreme Court.
The president also suffered a defeat this week in a similar case in which the Manhattan district attorney has sought the president's tax records from Mazars. A federal judge ruled that the accounting firm must hand over the tax records to the district attorney.

Trump's lawyers did win a temporary stay.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 04:34:14 PM EST

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