Trump sues to block Congress subpoena for financial records Apr 23, 2019 0 764 12345 ReutersWASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump sued on Monday to block a subpoena issued by the Democratic chairman of the US House Oversight Committee that sought information about his personal and business finances.The suit, the first salvo in what promises to be an escalating legal battle over efforts to investigate Trump by the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives, alleged Democrats have launched “all-out political war” on Trump and subpoenas “are their weapon of choice.”The committee’s subpoena had sought eight years of documents from Mazars USA, an accounting firm long used by Trump to prepare financial statements, related to its investigation of allegations Trump inflated or deflated financial statements for potentially improper purposes. Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight Committee chairman, issued the subpoena to the president’s accountant after Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified to Congress in February that Trump had misrepresented his net worth. “Chairman Cummings’ subpoena is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose,” Trump’s lawyers said in a filing, arguing it exceeded constitutional limits on the power of Congress to investigate.“Its goal is to expose Plaintiffs’ private financial information for the sake of exposure, with the hope that it will turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the President now and in the 2020 election,” they said.In a statement on Monday, Cummings said there was no valid legal basis to try to block the subpoena and accused the White House of “unprecedented stonewalling” in refusing to produce a single document or witness to the committee.“This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information,” Cummings said.The filing was the first effort by Trump’s legal team to quash multiple investigations of Trump and his finances by Democratic-led committees in Congress. His lawyers made it clear they would resist those efforts. “Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” Trump’s lawyers said. “Instead of working with the President to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically,” they said.Republicans on the Oversight Committee also had objected to the subpoena from Cummings, arguing it was an abuse of congressional authority to target the private financial information of Trump.Ross Garber, a Washington lawyer who focuses on political investigations, said the lawsuit might be dismissed because of the Speech or Debate Clause of the US Constitution, which offers broad legal protection to members of Congress for actions they undertake as legislators. RELATED ARTICLES House Democrats’ views vary on action after Mueller report: Pelosi Apr 23, 2019 0 2920 Ukraine leaps into unknown after comic elected president Apr 23, 2019 0 800 Trump says ‘nobody disobeys me’ Apr 23, 2019 0 840 Climate change protesters plot new course AFP London Some of London’s busiest streets re-opened Monday for the first time in a week as climate change protesters regrouped and plotted a new course after police made more than 1,000 arrests. The so-called .. Juncker vows to fight ‘fake news’ before EU polls AFP Berlin EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly vowed to crack down on any ‘fake news’ in the build up to next month’s European election campaigns. “If governments make claims about the EU or the .. German far-right party invites Bannon to Berlin Berlin: Germany’s far-right party AfD has invited Donald Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin next month. A spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) confirmed to news agency DPA .. Battle to tame two wildfires in Germany dpa Berlin Firefighters in Germany battled to contain two wildfires overnight to Monday. A fire at Gildehauser Venn, a protected moorland near the French border, broke out on Sunday and has since spread to cover an area of .. Madrid condemns mock execution of ex-Catalan leader AFP Madrid Spain’s foreign minister on Monday condemned the “execution” of an effigy of Catalonia’s former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, burnt and shot at in a southern village as elections approach. “I reject ..