President Trump filed a lawsuit against a Democrat. Frankly, I hope it’s the first of many.
According to CNBC:
President Donald Trump and his business filed suit against Democratic House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday to block a subpoena sent last week seeking information about the president’s finances.
In the complaint filed in Washington, D.C., federal court Monday morning, Trump said that Democrats have “declared all-out political war” against him.
Understand that the president has no legal obligation to show his taxes. So the president is right in his allegations.
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The story continues,
The subpoena requested a slew of financial documents and related materials from Trump, his trust, the Trump Organization, the Trump Corporation, Trump’s holdings company, the Trump Foundation and the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Mazars told the committee that it would not be able to comply with demands for those documents without a subpoena, according to Cummings.
Trump’s lawyer in the lawsuit, William Consovoy, said in a statement that the attempt by Cummings’ committee to “obtain years’ worth of confidential information from their accountants lacks any legitimate legislative purpose, is an abuse of power, and is just another example of overreach by the president’s political opponents.”
I’m anxious to see what the judge rules. Because that ruling will be telling.
Is President Trump setting the Democrats up? He certainly bested Rachel Maddow on her “Trump’s Taxes” episode. Here’s what I wrote at the time:
In typical Donald Trump showmanship, he beat Maddow to the punch, releasing his tax returns before her broadcast.
The White House on Tuesday night released some details of President Trump’s income and paid taxes from 2005, as MSNBC prepared to release the information in an evening broadcast.
Trump reported $150 million in income and $38 million paid in taxes, according to a statement from the White House.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had teased Tuesday evening that she had Trump’s 1040 form from 2005…Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted, “This is the night we’ve been waiting for.”
MSNBC alerted the White House about the information, and the White House seemed to opt to take the punch out of the report, releasing the major numbers itself shortly before the broadcast — and slamming MSNBC in the process.
Well played, Mr. President!
Could Trump be doing the same thing to the Democrats? As strategy goes, baiting them works.
Frankly, I don’t know what his taxes are and don’t care. I figure a man in his position knows to fill the forms out correctly.