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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 8 unanimously narrowed a House Oversight Committee subpoena seeking personal financial records from Donald Trump’s former accounting firm, Mazars.
The case goes back to 2019, when then-President Trump challenged the committee’s subpoena authority—which was confirmed by both the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the D.C. Circuit. But in 2020, a Supreme Court opinion vacated that decision and remanded the case, holding that congressional subpoenas of presidential records implicate special separation-of-powers issues that the D.C. Circuit had not considered, and articulating a four-part test (known as the Mazars test) for it to do so.
After applying the Mazars test, the D.C. Circuit ruled on July 8 that the committee’s subpoena was permissible but overbroad and in some cases insufficiently tied to a “valid legislative purpose.”
In a concurrence, Judge Rogers noted that the parties may seek rehearing of the case, “[g]iven the sensitive nature of the questions of first impression presented here.”
You can read the opinion here and below: