United States District Court Judge Amit Mehta narrowed a House subpoena for former President Trump’s financial records. The judge ruled that while the inquiry is overly intrusive it may continue in a more limited scope ordering Trump’s accounting firm Mazar’s to hand over two years of the former president’s records to Congress.
The Hill reports:
But Mehta, who was appointed by former President Obama to federal district court in D.C., threw out the House Oversight Committee’s effort to obtain a broad swath of Trump’s personal financial records, saying that the lawmakers’ rationale of seeking to bolster presidential disclosure laws does not justify the constitutional concerns posed by the subpoena.
“Such limited legislative need cannot justify the degree to which the Maloney Subpoena imposes on the separation of powers, even in the case of a former President,” Mehta wrote.
The judge added, “The more Congress can invade the personal sphere of a former President, the greater the leverage Congress would have on a sitting President.”
While Trump has since left office, Mehta said in his 53-page decision that he still has some protections from congressional inquiries under the Supreme Court’s Mazars decision.
However, Mehta ruled that Trump’s lease with the General Services Administration (GSA) for his Trump International Hotel in D.C. is still open for the Congressional Oversight Committee to investigate if he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause.