- A federal judge last week practically laughed at a Trump lawyer’s argument that Congress had no authority to investigate a president for corruption unless it pertained to legislation. The judge soon ruled Trump’s accounting firm must give his financial records to Congress.
- Another federal judge on Wednesday denied the Trump team’s requested injunction to block congressional subpoenas for his banking records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
- NBC News reported that two other financial institutions, TD Banks and Wells Fargo, have already provided information about their financial dealings with Trump.
- The New York legislature on Wednesday passed a bill, which will soon be signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), giving Congress access to Trump’s state tax returns.
- The Justice Department at the last minute Wednesday acceded to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff’s (D-Calif.) request for redacted material and underlying evidence from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. Schiff was threatening to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William P. Barr to get the information.
- The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a confidential draft memo from inside the IRS found that the Treasury Department had to furnish any tax return Congress requested. Similar to the legal argument over Trump’s financial records, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has withheld Trump’s returns by saying Congress needs to have a legitimate legislative interest. The memo, though, allows for no such exception.
May 23, 2019 at 8:27 AM EDT