Trump lawsuit tries to block subpoenas for financial records

The lawsuit represents a new front in Trump's battle to stop the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives from probing the Republican president, his family, his businesses and his administration after Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

"The president's disdain for rule of law and the Republicans' complicity in his abuses of power are doing lasting damage to American democracy", Pelosi wrote in the three-page packet.

Seven in 10 Democrats want Congress to begin impeachment hearings based on the findings in Mueller's report, but just 39 percent of Americans overall think impeachment hearings are the correct next step.

It's also created unusual bedfellows - aligning members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, born from the Tea Party movement, and progressives such as Sen.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff said during a meeting with the New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday that they would consider using inherent contempt if the administration doesn't comply with their requests for testimony and documents, according to a source in the meeting.

But that could change, as Trump is refusing to comply with subpoenas for administration officials to testify and blocking Congress from obtaining more information.

The president, his three oldest children and his business, The Trump Organization, say the investigations by the House intelligence and Financial Services committees are overbroad and serve no goal beyond harassment. "Even so, the mere threat of arrest and detention by the sergeant-at-arms can be used to encourage compliance with congressional demands".

McConnell brushed off concerns that Trump's decision to ignore congressional subpoenas could set a precedent for executive overreach by this White House or future ones. "These aren't like impartial people". The White House would not confirm or deny he endorsed any number.

On Monday, Trump sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas for his financial records.

"My job, in the meantime, is to make sure he's not back as President of the United States of America", he said.

"I think it's the totality of the whole picture, so we'll see what happens as we have very strong committees looking at these issues". And the House and the Senate can proceed in its oversight responsibilities. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from MI.

These poll results, of course, are largely consistent with other numbers that we've seen in the wake of the release of the Mueller report in mid-April.

"There was goodwill in this meeting, and that was different than some of the other meetings that we've had, which is a very good thing", Schumer told Newsday.

"This case involves congressional subpoenas that have no legitimate or lawful objective", the lawsuit says.

Asked if the administration's continued stonewalling of Congress could advance to impeachment, Lynch responded "it would put more weight behind that argument". "Does that make it - is that an impeachable offense?"

Even with growing concern about overreach, majorities want Congress to investigate whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in the course of the Mueller investigation (58%) and to pursue legal action to obtain the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report (61%).

  • Leroy Wright