Trump Asks Supreme Court To Block House Subpoena For His Tax Records

President Donald Trump attends an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Friday Nov. 15 2019 in Washington

"And, for the first time in our nation's history, a court upheld a congressional subpoena to the President for his personal papers".

In a separate case, Mr. Trump on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to review a New York-based appeals court's ruling that said local prosecutors can enforce a subpoena also issued to Mazars demanding Mr. Trump's personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018.

Both Trump cases are likely to be on a fast track, meaning that if the court decides to hear them, a ruling would be possible before the end of June, when its current term ends.

Trump directed his request to Chief Justice John Roberts because he handles emergency matters arising from courts in the nation's capital. "If every committee chairman is going to have this unbounded authority, this Court should be the one to say so". It is the first time Congress has issued a subpoena, under its legislative powers, to investigate the president for illegal conduct.

The Justice Department filed a brief in support of the president's position that the subpoena can not be enforced because the committee didn't sufficiently justify its goal.

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A day after asking the justices to stop his tax returns from being turned over to a NY prosecutor, Trump on Friday filed an emergency request created to ensure House Democrats don't get access to his financial records while he presses an appeal in a separate case.

Vance has said his office needs the records for its investigation into alleged hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, and to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

It is not clear exactly what records the committee has requested but, according to Mr. Trump's lawyers, it did not specifically ask for Mr. Trump's tax returns.

Trump's attorneys warned that validating the subpoena would mean "Congress is free to investigate every detail of a president's personal life, with endless subpoenas to his accountants, bankers, lawyers, doctors, family, friends and anyone else with information that a committee finds interesting". Last month a divided three-judge federal panel ruled that the House had a legitimate legislative pursuit in seeking the president's records.

Trump cited Rao as arguing that the subpoena constituted a law enforcement action because "the gravamen of the Oversight Committee's investigation ... is the President's wrongdoing". The question is whether this kind of legal process violates the Constitution.

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