House Urges Supreme Court to Allow Quick Access to Trump Records

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(Bloomberg) -- The House urged the U.S. Supreme Court to move quickly to let lawmakers see Donald Trump’s financial documents, asking the justices to reject a pair of presidential requests to shield the records.

The filings Wednesday set up the Supreme Court to act as soon as Friday on three cases involving subpoenas for Trump documents being held by his accountants and banks.

Trump is counting on the conservative-controlled court to block, or at least delay, those records from being turned over. The cases coincide with the House push to impeach Trump but aren’t directly connected.

In one case, the House said Wednesday the justices should leave intact a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a subpoena to Mazars USA, Trump’s accounting firm. A divided three-judge panel in Washington said the Oversight Committee had a legitimate legislative purpose for seeking the records. A rejection of Trump’s appeal would mean Mazars would have to turn over the documents.

“Two levels of the federal judiciary have reviewed and upheld the committee’s subpoena,” the House told the Supreme Court. “There is no reason for this court to provide further review. But, whatever action the court takes, we respectfully request that it act expeditiously.”

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In a second case, the House on Wednesday urged the court to let two other House committees get financial documents held by Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp. The panels are seeking records for Trump, his family members and his businesses.

The Supreme Court is also weighing Trump’s bid to stop Mazars from turning over his tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. as part of a criminal investigation.

All three cases could be up for the discussion when the justices meet for their regularly scheduled conference Friday. If the court says in the coming days that it will hear any or all of the president’s appeals, its normal schedule would call for arguments to be held in March with a ruling by the end of June.

The cases are Trump v. Vance, 19-635; Trump v. Mazars, 19-715; and Trump v. Deutsche Bank, 19A640.

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