FAST FIVE: D.C. Judge Rules Against Trump In Tax Records Tussle With Democrats
Update: As expected, President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow has confirmed that they will appeal the ruling.
* * * Some potentially bad news for the President this afternoon after a federal judge ruled the Democrat-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have the power to demand Trump's tax records from his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.
As Bloomberg reports, US District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington rejected Trump's claim that Congress wasn't entitled to the documents because they weren't intended for a legitimate legislative purpose.
In a 41-page-long opinion, Mehta found that “President Trump cannot block the subpoena to Mazars.” “Courts must presume Congress is acting in furtherance of its constitutional responsibility to legislate and must defer to congressional judgments about what Congress needs to carry out that purpose.” .
“These are facially valid legislative purposes, and it is not for the court to question whether the Committee's actions are truly motivated by political considerations,” The ruling is likely to be appealed.