President Donald Trump’s attorneys are warning of potential legal action if an accounting firm complies with a House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoena to turn over a decade of the president’s financial records, according to Politico.
Two of Trump’s attorneys, Stefan Passantino and William Consovoy, have told Mazars USA to defy the subpoena, which committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is set to issue Monday, according to the report.
“It is no secret that the Democrat Party has decided to use its new House majority to launch a flood of investigations into the president’s personal affairs in hopes of using anything they can find to damage him politically,” Consovoy and Passantino wrote to Mazars outside counsel Jerry Bernstein.
The lawyers warned Mazars they were putting the firm “on notice” for potential legal action and urged it not to provide any of the documents requested by the committee.
“[T]he House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes. It is a legislative body, not ‘a law enforcement or trial agency,’ and the chairman’s attempt to assume for Congress the role of police, prosecutor, and judge is unconstitutional,” the attorneys added.
Cummings first requested the financial documents in March in response to bombshell testimony given by Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen who claimed that Trump had manipulated his net worth for “potentially improper purposes.”