House Democrats Subpoenaed President Trump’s Grandkids’ Personal Records


President Donald Trump and his family are suing Deutsche Bank and Capital One to nullify all subpoenas issued by House Democrats that seek to obtain the financial records of the entire Trump family – which includes his grandkids.

Democrats have said they are seeking Trump financial records as part of investigations into potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process and the abuse of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes.

Deutsche Bank, a German lender, said in a statement that it was “committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations.” In addition to serving as Trump’s go-to lender for years, the bank has faced scrutiny for money-laundering scandals.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the president; his sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump; his daughter Ivanka Trump; and the Trump Organization.

Deutsche Bank intends to begin producing documents in response to the subpoena on May 6, and Capital One also feels obligated to comply before May 6 absent court intervention, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit describes a sweeping inquiry into the Trump family’s finances going back decades. The two banks provide the Trumps with numerous “personal, family and business accounts.”

The committees, the Trumps’ lawyers said, have refused to provide copies of the subpoenas to the Trump family, and their scope was learned from Deustche Bank and Capital One. But according to the lawsuit, the committees are seeking “all banking and financial records not just concerning the individual plaintiffs, but also their own family members.”

“This means the subpoenas request documents about accounts of the plaintiffs’ children (and in some cases, grandchildren),” the lawyers said.

For most of the documents, the lawyers added, the committees are demanding records from the last 10 years but, for others, the request is “unbounded,” going back to the childhoods of individual Trumps.

“The House of Representatives is demanding, among other things, records of every single checking withdrawal, credit-card swipe, or debit-card purchase — no matter how trivial or small — made by each and every member of the Trump family,” they said.

Lawyers representing the Trumps include Marc Mukasey, a former law firm partner of Rudy Giuliani‘s, the president’s personal lawyer. In a statement, Mukasey and Patrick Strawbridge, who is also representing the Trumps in the case, said it was filed to “protect the privacy rights of the President, his family and their businesses.” The lawsuit claims that the subpoenas violate the Right to Financial Privacy Act.

“Every citizen should be concerned about this sweeping, lawless, invasion of privacy,” they said. “We look forward to vindicating our clients’ rights in this matter.”

Source: Politico



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