Trump money secrets move closer to light of day

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 22 May 2019

A US federal judge denied President Donald Trump's efforts to quash a subpoena from Democratic legislators to release years of financial documents dating from before his time in the White House.

The decision marked the first time courts have waded into the conflict pitting Trump against Democrats who have opened a raft of probes in the House of Representatives.

Trump said he is the victim of harassment and has refused to help in investigations focused on his tax returns, finances or matters related to Russian efforts to tip the 2016 election his way.

District Judge Amit Mehta refused to block the House Oversight and Reform Committee's subpoena to accounting firm Mazars USA.

The request for records dating back to 2011 followed testimony by one-time Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that his boss would often change values of assets and liabilities on financial papers.

Trump and linked entities wanted the court to declare the subpoena "invalid and unenforceable." But Mehta said it was all right to proceed "on a subject on which 'legislation could be had.'"

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