Congress’ investigative authority questioned by Trump lawyer

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Last month US President Donald Trump and his businesses filed a lawsuit in order to revoke a subpoena issued by House Oversight and Reform Committee. The subpoena was issued in order to obtain financial records of the president and his business, but Trump’s lawyer William Consovoy accused Committee of overstepping their power and claimed that their request had “no legislative purpose.” The sides confronted in federal court Tuesday.

“That is law enforcement,” said Consovoy. “Are you complying with federal law?”

However, Douglas Letter, House general counsel, said that “those are totally legitimate things for Congress to look into.” He added that it would have been inappropriate if Congress had asked for president’s personal “diary as a 7-year-old” or his blood, other than that the investigative authority of the Congress is broad enough. In response to that Consovoy said that it is “unimaginable” that Congress’ power can be limited only when it comes to such things as requesting a childhood diary.

US District Judge Amit Mehta said he would need additional information and noted that “courts hadn’t found a subpoena overstepped congressional authority since 1880.”

The sides have been given time until Saturday to submit all the information. The next hearing is to take place in federal court in New York next week.

“I think this has been fully and exhaustively argued today,” said the judge. “I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.”

 


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