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Judge rejects Trump request to halt congressional subpoenas

U.S. President Donald Trump U.S. President Donald Trump
Patty Aguilar | 24 May, 2019, 04:31

President Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said he disagrees with the arguments from the Trump family attorneys that the subpoenas don't have a legitimate legislative goal.

Federal judge Edgardo Ramos, appointed by former President Barack Obama, rejected a preliminary injunction, sought by Trump's attorney's, to stop Deutsche Bank and another major banking institution from complying with a subpoena from Congress for his family's financial records. Congressional Democrats have long said they want to examine the bank's loans to the Trump and Kushner businesses, particularly to see if there is any connection to money-laundering in Russian Federation. But Deutsche Bank has not challenged the subpoena directly - an unusual and potentially disloyal move by a financial giant on behalf of one of its biggest clients.

In his ruling from the bench, Ramos said he would not halt enforcement of the subpoena.

President Trump has already given his opinion on Judge Mehta's unfavorable ruling, saying, "It's totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge".

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump's press conference a "stunt" and a "temper tantrum" meant to deflect attention away from the court decisions. "So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts", Michigan Democrat Representative Dan Kildee told Reuters.

"The judge said that, 'the power of Congress to conduct investigations in inherent in their legislative process". Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ramos said the counter arguments put forward by Trump's lawyers "are not sufficiently serious as it relates to Supreme Court precedent" dealing with the question of turning over documents to Congress.

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"We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations", the statement read.

"This is not an investigation just about Trump and his family", Letter said.

The judge disagreed with the argument by Trump lawyers that the request from House Financial Services and Intelligence committees lacks a legitimate legislative goal.

Mehta wrote that the House Oversight Committee had "facially valid legislative purposes" for subpoenaing Mazars for records related to Trump and his businesses.

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"The dates and times when these individuals purchased books, groceries, and other personal items is not the business of the House of Representatives or anyone else", the suit says.

The hearing falls two days after a federal judge in Washington ruled against Trump in a similar case, finding that the president can not block a House subpoena for information from a financial services firm that had done accounting work for him and the Trump Organization. US District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who was also appointed by Obama, is overseeing the NY case.

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