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A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that two banks that did business with President Trump must comply with congressional subpoenas seeking access to his financial records.

The House Financial Services and Intelligence committees have requested the documents from Deutsche Bank and Capital One to investigate possible “foreign influence in the U.S. political process.”

“We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement to Fox News after the ruling.

After an hour of oral arguments, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled the subpoenas have “a legitimate legislative purpose” and ruled that Trump was unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit to quash the requests.

Trump’s lawyers had asked the judge to temporarily block Congress from gaining access to the records. They said it was a “safe bet” they would appeal the decision.

“Congress can issue a subpoena on any matter, at any time, for any reason, to any person, and there is basically nothing a federal court can do about it,” Trump’s lawyers said.

“We are pleased with Judge Ramos’ decision. Congress’ authority to conduct relevant oversight has been repeatedly challenged by this Administration,” House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responded. “The decision made in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today is a victory for the role of Congress as a co-equal branch of government and for the important work our Committees are doing in protecting and serving the interests of the American public.”

The ruling comes two days after another federal judge in Washington upheld a congressional subpoena seeking financial documents dating back to 2011 from Trump accounting firm Mazars USA. It also comes a day after Trump blocked former White House lawyer Don McGhan from appearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Lawyers for the Financial Services and House Intelligence committees said Trump’s efforts to block the subpoenas were “flatly inconsistent with nearly a century of Supreme Court precedent,” according to a submission before Wednesday’s hearing.

Some congressional Republicans have called the subpoenas an abuse of authority and blasted the Trump-focused investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, called the inquiry into Mazars USA “an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.”

Trump also has to contend the issue of his tax returns.

State lawmakers in New York approved a measure Wednesday to make those documents available to congressional committees.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Sue

    May 23, 2019 at 12:36 am

    What happened to all the subpoenas that were issued against the Obama administration that he flatly refused? Oh yes it was Obama, you could t say anything against Obama or you’d be called a racist. That’s what he hid behind.

  2. Wilson

    May 23, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Someone inform moron of checks and balances, and don’t mean her maxing out her checking account.

  3. Carol

    May 23, 2019 at 1:45 am

    This is such a joke, these Liibtard DemoRats will do anything to get rid of him, but he isn’t going anyplace, wait until 2020, those DemoRats will lose the house and Pelosi will be out of speaker of the house.

  4. Mike

    May 23, 2019 at 11:32 am

    If that moron judge can do that, then President Trump can investigate every member of congress and access their personal finances. Liberal judges are scum.

  5. Polly

    May 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Investigate this judge.Find out who he works for.Check his bank statement

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