Last week, Democrats made a major move against President Trump when the House Oversight and Reform Committee officially requested ten years of Trump’s financial records.
Led by chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee asked the accounting firm Mazars USA for the documents in question, particularly those related to Trump’s past efforts to purchase the Buffalo Bills NFL team. Previously, Trump’s longtime attorney turned enemy Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump lied about his net worth to help him in his pursuit of acquiring the team.
Now, Mazars USA has responded to the Congressional request. Politico reports that the firm has stated that they will turn over the relevant Trump financial records to the House Oversight Committee once they receive a subpoena. Cummings said that they politely asked for a “friendly” subpoena, presumably indicating their willingness to cooperate.
“They have told us that they will provide the information pretty much when they have a subpoena. And we’ll get them a subpoena,” said Cummings.
While it’s as yet unclear what kind of dirt the documents will reveal, judging by Republican responses to the committee’s request last week they’re deeply worried that the records could prove seriously damaging to the president. Pro-Trump hacks Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) — who are both on the committee — complained about the move by saying that Democrats only want to “embarrass President Trump.”
The obvious problem with their argument is that the documents can’t possibly embarrass Trump if there’s nothing untoward in them. If he has nothing to hide in this case, he has nothing to fear. Hopefully, Democrats get that subpoena to Mazars USA quickly, so the public can find out what is in those records. We deserve to know exactly what kind of crook we have as president.