Executive Branch

D.C. District Court Partially Approves House Oversight Subpoena for Trump Financial Records

Ajay Sarma
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 4:32 PM

A judge blocked much, but not all, of the House Oversight Committee’s request for documents from 2011 to 2018 related to Trump and his businesses.

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On Wednesday, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia partially granted and denied cross-motions for summary judgment in former president Donald Trump’s suit to prevent Mazars, an accounting firm, from complying with a House Oversight Committee subpoena for his financial records. In 2019, the case reached the Supreme Court, which vacated a summary judgment for the committee and devised guidelines for examining the necessity and validity of subpoenas for the personal records of a sitting president, and was remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to the D.C. district court, where it was originally heard. The court, having considered the Supreme Court’s decision and the fact that Trump is no longer a sitting president, concluded that the House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney’s subpoena for Trump’s records is too “broad” and “invasive,” presenting “an appreciable risk to the separation of powers.” However, it granted summary judgment for Mazars and the Oversight Committee with respect to requisitioned documents related to Trump’s lease agreement for the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. and records from 2017 and 2018 to investigate potential violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

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Ajay Sarma is a junior at Harvard College studying Social Studies. He is an intern at Lawfare.

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