Donald Trump is fighting a House panel’s subpoena in federal court, arguing that the request for his financial records is unconstitutional and seeking to block their release.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Washington, D.C., is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the Trump administration and Congress over the president’s financial records.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, last month for records related to Trump’s finances. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the subpoena is overly broad and violates the president’s constitutional rights.
In the new lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers ask the court to declare the subpoena invalid and to prevent Mazars from turning over the requested records.
“The subpoena seeks information that is not relevant to any legitimate legislative purpose and therefore fails to meet the standards required by the Constitution,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is likely to be the first of many legal challenges to the subpoena. Trump has already sued to block subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees.