Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on legislative proposals to put the Postal Service on a sustainable financial footing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 24, 2021.
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The House Oversight Committee has reissued a subpoena for years of financial records for former President Donald Trump and his companies while it investigates potential conflicts of interest and self-dealing.
Congressional Democrats’ renewed urge to get Trump’s financial reports from his longtime accountant, Mazars USA, follows the rejection of his latest offer by the Supreme Court on February 22 to keep his records from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
Vance announced on Thursday that he had finally received Trump’s tax return. On the same day, the House Oversight Committee re-sent its own subpoena to Mazars, according to a court filed late Tuesday in federal court in Washington.
The committee first summoned Mazars in April 2019 when the investigation was conducted by the late MP Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
The current chairman of the regulator, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., argues that it is still important for Congress to look at the former president’s records in order to reform the law.
“For more than 22 months, the committee has been denied critical information necessary to take legislative action to address the unique ethics crisis caused by former President Trump’s unprecedented conflicts of interest,” Maloney said in a February 23 memo .
“The committee’s need for this information – to check the key facts and make legislative reforms as effective and efficient as possible – remains as compelling as it was when the committee first issued its subpoena,” said Maloney The committee’s legislative efforts remain as critical to the American people as they were before President Trump evacuated the White House on January 20, 2021. “
The latest filing in the longstanding case with the US District Court in Washington also signaled that the battle over Trump’s records could drag on for months.
The joint status report, filed Tuesday by Douglas Letter, General Counsel of the House of Representatives, and attorneys for Trump, his companies and Mazars, suggested a timetable for additional arguments and briefings that should run into June.