House committee subpoenas Trump financial information from accounting firm

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2019

The move was the latest effort by Democrats in the House to obtain information about the president's personal and business finances. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, said in a statement Monday that Trump's "potential use of the US financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says in a statement the subpoenas issued included a "friendly subpoena to Deutsche Bank."

"The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible pursuant to its oversight authority, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead us".

Democrats are looking in particular at the president's failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football club. This incompetence is the exact reason why the American people have such disdain for politicians and why my father was elected President.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) took a similar stance in a memo to Committee members, calling a potential subpoena from Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) a "grave abuse" of power.

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A spokesperson for Deutsche Bank told the Times the bank was "engaged in a productive dialogue" with the committees. A representative for Deutsche Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night, but Schiff added that the bank was working with the panels, noting that he looked "forward to their continued cooperation and compliance".

Last month, the German bank was subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General following former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress about Trump's finances.

On Monday, Politico reported that attorneys for President Donald Trump, William Consovoy and Stefan Passatino, are threatening the tax and accounting firm Mazars USA with legal action if it complies with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee requesting ten years of the Trump Organization's financial records.

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