Congress

Trump is Suing the Oversight Committee Chairman

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has issued a subpoena for financial records from Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, and Trump and his lawyers have now responded with a lawsuit.

With a goal of squashing the subpoena, Trump's lawyers are accusing Cummings of exercising oversight.

From the Associated Press:

“Instead of working with the President to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically,” the lawsuit states. [...]

The complaint also says the subpoena seeks to investigate events that occurred before Trump was president and “has no legitimate legislative purpose.” It says, “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 say the subpoena has "has no legitimate legislative purpose," but their lawsuit against the chairman does not appear to have a legal basis.

In this lawsuit, they argue that Cummings' subpoena is based on the "unreliable" testimony of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen whose appearance in front of the Oversight Committee was nothing more than a "partisan stunt."

Now, there may be a federal judge out there who personally agrees with that sentiment, but that's not much of a legal opinion. I believe this lawsuit has little chance of succeeding, but it could draw the process out long enough for Trump to leave office before his records are exposed.

It occurs to me that if President Obama had filed a lawsuit against former Oversight Committee chairmen Trey Gowdy, Darrell Issa, or Jason Chaffetz, Republicans would have had a conniption.

  • muselet

    I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me this lawsuit has less than a snowball’s chance of being successful. Congress has the constitutional right to conduct oversight, and has subpoena power to make oversight meaningful.

    All the hooting and gibbering from Donald Trump’s lawyers about House Ds’ motives is meaningless. Either Congress has subpoena power or it doesn’t (spoilers: it does), and it doesn’t matter even a little bit whether the Ds are being big mean meanies to Trump.

    The Base will get all worked up about this, but nobody else will.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    The grifer is finally getting cornered.

    “The President has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to
    attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to
    interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress,” Cummings
    said. “The White House is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling on all
    fronts, and they have refused to produce a single document or witness to
    the Oversight Committee during this entire year.”

  • Draxiar

    “…nothing more than a artisan stunt”
    I’m not going to run down the multitude of *actual* partisan stunts by the GOP in the Obama years but let me say that his lawyers can go fuck themselves for pissing about a legit oversight request.

  • simpfan

    How dare the Oversight Committee oversee things!

    • Badgerite

      Perfect.