No angry tweet from President Donald Trump will stop House Democrats determined to uncover the truth of the various scandals he’s embroiled himself in. This past week, those House Dems got a major boost from a D.C.-area federal appeals court that upheld their subpoena for Trump’s tax returns, which they demanded from Trump’s longtime personal accounting firm Mazars USA. This isn’t the end of the case — the Trump team could appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — but it’s yet another victory for investigators and options for Trump to find an “out” keep running out.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted about the news, writing:
‘This is an important victory for @OversightDems —and the Constitution. A Federal Appeals Court upheld a Congressional subpoena for the President’s financial records. Congress is a co-equal branch of government. No president is above the law.’
This is an important victory for @OversightDems—and the Constitution.
A Federal Appeals Court upheld a Congressional subpoena for the President’s financial records.
Congress is a co-equal branch of government. No president is above the law. https://t.co/FSA4Uv0lbr
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 12, 2019
Trump has tried to act like he’s “above the law” to the point of dismissing the entire impeachment inquiry that House Democrats have ongoing as supposedly unconstitutional. To be clear, the U.S. Constitution flatly lays out the impeachment process, including the role of the House to accumulate evidence (like charges, which in this case take the form of articles of impeachment), and after that, the case moves to the Senate for a “trial.” House Democrats are following this process, and no frantic eight page letter from the White House that cherrypicks and combines legal standards from here and there will change that.
Besides targeting Trump’s personal tax returns for some time — the House Oversight Committee issued their upheld subpoena for the documents all the way back in April — House Democrats now also have subpoenas issued targeting interests ranging from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. These latter efforts focus on the president’s scheme to get Ukraine to produce politically useful dirt on the Bidens.
Although there’s still a ways to go with these subpoenas (and the tax return case, technically), there has been some progress recently. After they issued a subpoena for his testimony following his refusal to appear, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland will be testifying this coming week about the Ukraine scandal.
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