Michael Cohen told Congress that Trump routinely inflated and deflated the worth of his assets to suit any given situation in which he found himself. The House Oversight Committee requested the tax returns, so that they could corroborate, or not, Cohen’s testimony. Now, Trump’s lawyers are threatening legal action against the accounting firm, set to comply with the subpoena. Politico:
Trump attorneys William S. Consovoy and Stefan Passantino are urging Mazars USA not to comply with a subpoena that Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) plans to issue on Monday for Trump’s financial documents, calling it a politically motivated scheme to take down the president.
“It is no secret that the Democrat Party has decided to use its new House majority to launch a flood of investigations into the president’s personal affairs in hopes of using anything they can find to damage him politically,” Consovoy and Passantino wrote to Jerry D. Bernstein, Mazars’ outside counsel.
The attorneys said they were formally putting Mazars ”on notice” — an implicit threat of legal action. They also urged Bernstein to hold off on providing the documents to Cummings until the subpoena can be litigated in court, suggesting that a protracted legal battle is likely to ensue.
“The Democrats’ fervor has only intensified after the special counsel squelched their ‘Russia collusion’ narrative,” the attorneys continued, outlining a series of legal precedents which they argue prevents Mazars from complying with Cummings’ subpoena.
This is the shape of things to come. Trump is clearly agitated about what his income tax returns will reveal. It is regrettable, to say the least, that there has to be a bloody battle to get from Trump what other politicians turn over willingly, but that’s how it is.
Another battle in the cultural war that spawned Donald Trump. Mark my words, everything that the Democrats do to bring this crook to ground will be construed as “witch hunt” and “politically motivated.” That’s how Trump’s enablers are going to justify whatever Trump does. Always bear in mind, that without GOP complicity and allowance, this would not be taking place.