Donald Trump received another setback in court today as a second federal judge has refused to block Congressional subpoenas for Trump’s financial records.
A second federal judge has now rebuffed President Donald Trump’s sweeping attempt to block House lawmakers from accessing his financial records, handing him another defeat in a fight that has infuriated the President and opened deep rifts with Democrats.
Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York on Wednesday refused to block subpoenas from the House of Representatives for Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. It’s the second such ruling against the President in three days.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Democrats for what he claimed were attempts to harass and undermine his presidency, declaring during an irate appearance in the Rose Garden he could no longer work with them as they proceed in their investigations.
The White House has stonewalled Democratic oversight requests, has refused to comply with subpoenas issued for information and is blocking former officials from testifying.
In a statement to CNBC after the ruling, a Deutsche Bank spokesman said, “We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations.”
This decision comes two days after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Trump’s accountants at the firm Mazars had to comply with a congressional subpoena for his financial records.
Trump has indicated he will appeal the Washington D.C. setback. For those who enjoy irony, it’s notable that the Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is…Merrick Garland.
You’ll recall Garland was President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but was never granted a vote on his nomination. Senate Republicans kept the SCOTUS seat open for a year blocking Garland’s appointment.
BREAKING: For the second time this week, a federal judge just ruled in favor of the House and against President Trump, who sued to stop Deutsche Bank from complying with our subpoena.
Two different judges, same conclusion: Trump’s stonewalling is without merit. https://t.co/glr9KgbfS9
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 22, 2019