Jul 8, 2019

Justice Dept. seeks to block Democrats' subpoenas for Trump businesses

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The Justice Department is seeking to block congressional Democrats' subpoenas on Trump businesses, including the Trump Organization, as part of a lawsuit alleging the president violated the Constitution by profiting from foreign governments without Congress' review, CNN writes.

What's happening: Over three-dozen subpoenas were issued for Trump companies' tax returns and records related to company assets. The deadline to reply is July 29. They're also seeking information about various Trump properties, including his Mar-a-Lago resort. The Justice Department attempted to quash the move in an appeals court Monday, defying a federal judge's ruling last month allowing Democrats to proceed with the request.

  • DOJ says the subpoenas would likely cause Trump "irreparable injury," calling the measure as an "intrusive discovery into his personal finances based on the public office he holds."

The Democrats' suit argues that Trump violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which requires members of Congress to review the president's business relations with foreign nations.

Between the lines: The pursuit of Trump's financial records is playing out between several committees and courtrooms. Congressional Democrats, led by House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, are represented by the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Go deeper: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing release of Trump's state tax returns

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Federal appeals court sides with Trump in emoluments suit over D.C. hotel

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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of President Trump on Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit accusing the president of illegally profiting from links to foreign and state governments through the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The suit attempted to use the Constitution's emoluments clause, which gives Congress the authority to review a president's financial relationships with foreign nations, as a way to obtain information regarding his private businesses, which the president has refused to release.

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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing release of Trump's state tax returns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Trump. Photos: John Paraskevas/Newsday/Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Monday allowing the release of President Trump's state tax returns, setting off what is expected to be a heated battle between Trump's legal team and the state.

The big picture: House Democrats have sued the Treasury Department to force the IRS to release Trump's federal tax returns.

Go deeper: Justice Department backs Treasury on blocking Trump tax returns

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Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns

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President Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York tax commissioner Michael Schmidt in an effort to block them from releasing his state tax returns.

The big picture: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month signed a bill known as the TRUST Act that would permit tax officials to turn over Trump's state tax returns to any one of three congressional committees. Trump's lawsuit alleges that the House Ways and Means Committee's invocation of the TRUST Act would "lack a legitimate legislative purpose" and that the law itself violates the First Amendment because the state of New York "enacted it to discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics."

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