Trump Lawyer Urges Judge to Nix Accounting Records Demand (1)

May 14, 2019, 5:01 PM; Updated: May 14, 2019, 6:40 PM

President Donald Trump’s lawyer pressed a federal judge in Washington to nix efforts by a Democrat-led congressional committee to obtain tax records from the president’s longtime accounting firm, calling the document request invalid.

“They’ve made clear this is not about legislation,” William Consovoy told U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta May 14.

Even legislative reasons offered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for looking into the finances of the president and his businesses, including the umbrella Trump Organization, are unconstitutional, Consovoy said, suggesting the judge rule that way.

Mehta was openly skeptical, telling the president’s lawyer, “I just can’t...

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