Get house | Deal reached by House Committee to obtain Trump's financial records

An agreement was reached between a House committee and the former president's accounting company that calls for the accounting firm to provide the panel with specific data and puts an end to the legal dispute in the case.



Washington, D.C. An agreement has been reached between a House committee and the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, that ends the legal dispute and calls for part of the information to be provided by an accounting company, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.

The protracted investigation got underway in April 2019, when the House Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a subpoena for a plethora of documents from Mazars USA, Trump's former accounting firm. The committee cited testimony from Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer, which it claimed raised concerns about how the president represented his financial circumstances when applying for loans and paying taxes.


According to the agreement, Mazars USA has committed to submit responsive records to the committee as soon as feasible, and Trump has agreed to cease his legal appeals to the subpoena, according to the committee's chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York.

Maloney stated, "I am glad that my committee has now secured an agreement to receive important financial papers that the former President Trump sought for years to keep from Congress. This comes after several court victories."

Trump is under scrutiny on several fronts, including the preservation of top-secret government data found at his Mar-a-Lago residence and if the previous president's aides committed illegal obstructive behavior. Prosecutors in Georgia are looking into any unlawful attempts by him and his friends to influence the 2020 presidential race. In the meantime, congressional committees are continuing their inquiries into his administration.


The Mazars settlement comes after a federal appeals court in Washington made a ruling in July that limited the records that Congress might seek. The committee should be given data relevant to financial relationships between foreign nations and Trump or any of his businesses for 2017–2018, the court ruled.

The appeals court also required Mazars to provide records from November 2016 to November 2018 about the Trump company, which had the lease for the former Trump International Hotel, which was situated between the White House and the Capitol and was leased by the federal government.


Trump's financial records would "advance the Committee's consideration of ethics reform legislation across all three of its investigative tracks," according to the court's ruling. These three investigative tracks were presidential ethics and conflicts of interest, presidential financial disclosures, and presidential adherence to constitutional protections against foreign interference and undue influence.

The House probe began in February 2019, when Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before a committee that the president had a history of inflating asset values to obtain advantageous loan terms and tax advantages.


After pleading guilty to tax offenses, lying to Congress, and campaign finance violations in 2018, Cohen was sentenced to time in federal prison. Some of these offenses involved Cohen's role in organizing payments to two women to prevent them from disclosing their claimed romances with Trump.


However, in response to his evidence, the committee requested from Mazars four specific categories of important financial data, and in April 2019, the committee filed a subpoena against Mazars.


The next month, Trump filed a lawsuit to stop Mazars from obeying the summons. Since then, the matter has been making its way through the legal system.


Mazars announced earlier this year that it had severed connections with Trump and cautioned those doing business with him not to "any longer rely" on the financial accounts the company had generated for him.


Trump's tax returns are being sought by a different House committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, which is also pursuing legal action. In another case, a three-judge appellate court panel concurred with a lower court's ruling in favor of Congress last month and ordered the Treasury Department to provide the committee access to the tax returns.

Under the Trump administration, the Justice Department has defended Steven Mnuchin's choice to withhold the tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin said that he could refuse to release the records because he believed Democrats were looking for them for partisan purposes. A court case followed.


The committee reissued the request after Biden was elected, asking for Trump's tax returns as well as additional data from 2015 through 2020. According to the White House, the Treasury Department was forced to comply because the request was legitimate. Trump then attempted to prevent the handover in court.


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