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Congress can seek eight years of President Trump’s business records from his accounting firm, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday in one of several legal battles over access to the president’s financial data.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld Congress’s broad investigative powers and rejected the president’s bid to block lawmakers from subpoenaing the documents.
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT
Argued July 12, 2019
Decided October 11, 2019
DONALD J. TRUMP, ET AL.,
MAZARS USA, LLP AND COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND
REFORM OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
William S. Consovoy argued the cause for appellants. With
him on the briefs were Cameron T. Norris and Stefan C.
Duane Morley Cox, pro se, filed the brief for amicus
curiae Duane Morley Cox in support of appellants.
Douglas N. Letter, General Counsel, U.S. House of
Representatives, argued the cause for appellee Committee on
Oversight and Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.
With him on the briefs were Todd B. Tatelman, Deputy General
Counsel, Megan Barbero and Josephine Morse, Associate
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General Counsel, and Brooks M. Hanner, Assistant General
Elizabeth B. Wydra, Brianne J. Gorod, and Ashwin P.
Phatak were on the brief for amicus curiae Constitutional
Accountability Center in support of intervenor-defendant-
appellee Committee on Oversight and Reform of the U.S.
House of Representatives.
Hashim M. Mooppan, Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
U.S. Department of Justice, and Mark R. Freeman, Scott R.
McIntosh, and Gerard Sinzdak, Attorneys, were on the brief as
amicus curiae The United States.
Before: TATEL, MILLETT and RAO, Circuit Judges.
Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge TATEL.
Dissenting opinion filed by Circuit Judge RAO.
TATEL, Circuit Judge: On April 15, 2019, the House
Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a subpoena to the
accounting firm Mazars USA, LLP for records related to work
performed for President Trump and several of his business
entities both before and after he took office. According to the
Committee, the documents will inform i