Obama appointed Judge upholds Dem subpoena for president’s tax records
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta issued this 41-page order in favor of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Oversight sub-committee* seeking President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax records from his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.
The flamboyant opinion filled with inflammatory quotes, opens with an 1860 statement of protest from President James Buchanan which Mehta parallels to President Trump, writing, “Some 160 years later, President Donald J. Trump has taken up the fight of his predecessor.” Mehta gives cover to the partisan committee writing, it “has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records,” disingenuously adding that “the documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.”
“Might”? In Mehta’s convoluted, partisan thinking, that meets a sufficient legal standard.
Judge Mehta also denied a request to stay his decision pending an appeal. Additionally, Mehta provocatively asserted that Congress can investigate President Trump without beginning formal impeachment proceedings.
These are the Judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia:
District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (appointed by Bill Clinton: 1994)
District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly (Bill Clinton: 1997)
District Judge James E. Boasberg (Barack Obama: 2011)
District Judge Amy Berman Jackson (Barack Obama: 2011)
District Judge Rudolph Contreras (Barack Obama: 2012)
District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (Barack Obama: 2013)
District Judge Christopher R. Cooper (Barack Obama: 2014)
District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan (Barack Obama: 2014)
District Judge Randolph D. Moss (Barack Obama: 2014)
District Judge Amit P. Mehta (Barack Obama: 2014)
District Judge Timothy J. Kelly (Donald Trump: 2017)
District Judge Trevor N. McFadden (Donald Trump: 2017)
District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich (Donald Trump: 2017)
* Scroll through to see the committee members and their party affiliations.