Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Trump's Appeal of Subpoena for His Tax Returns

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Trump's Appeal of Subpoena for His Tax Returns

In that case, Trump's legal team filed an immediate notice of appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 2nd Circuit at least temporarily agreed to block the president's accounting firm from immediately having to hand over the requested tax returns in an emergency administrative stay. The lone dissenter in the three-judge decision was Judge Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee confirmed to the bench earlier this year following some social conservatives' concerns about her jurisprudential views on life and abortion.

A judge ruled against him, and Mr Trump appealed.

In a 2-1 ruling, the judges upheld a lower court ruling and rejected arguments made by the president's legal team that a House Oversight and Reform Committee's investigation into his financial records has no legitimate legislative objective.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, affirmed a lower court decision that the House subpoena to Mazars LLP was valid.

House Democrats, however, argue that because there is evidence that the may have president inflated his net worth and violated the law, and because the president has refused to voluntarily release his financial information to prove otherwise, the subpoena will help the committee to try to address the holes in current laws and write new laws to regulate the finances of elected officials.

The majority breaks new ground when it determines Congress is investigating allegations of illegal conduct against the President, yet nonetheless upholds the subpoena as part of the legislative power.

On Thursday, Deutsche Bank told a United States appeals court that they did not have copies of Trump's tax returns.

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The defence also argued that there was enormous political interference in the matter which met his client could not be afforded a fair trial.


Judge Tatel and Judge Patricia Millett, an Obama appointee, said the House's regular investigative powers are strong enough to demand the most private information from the president.

Then, on September 19, Trump sued Vance, a Democrat, and the accounting firm, calling the subpoena "unconstitutional".

'Disputes between Congress and the president are a recurring plot in our national story, ' Judge David Tatel wrote in the 66-page opinion. That appearance is precisely why the Supreme Court would rather rehash Roe than get involved in any way, but it seems highly likely that Trump would get the requisite four votes for a grant of cert when he appeals this ruling.

She wrote in her dissent that Congress can only get the tax records if it is officially engaged in an impeachment proceeding, something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not taken a vote to authorize.

The documents the House seeks are relevant to the investigation, the majority said.

His attorneys Trump had argued that U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta should have reversed the subpoena. He's the first president in over 40 years not to release his tax returns.

The ruling comes just days after Mazars was ordered by a federal district court to turn over his tax filings and other financial records to NY state prosecutors, though the president won a last-minute delay pending an emergency appeal.

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