DISCOVERY Begins In Emoluments Case Against President Trump; 4 of 5 Arizona Democratic Reps. Among Plaintiffs reports Arizona’s Politics in Blog for Arizona (h/t AZ Blue Meanie)
Four of Arizona’s five House Democrats are plaintiffs in a suit claiming that President Donald Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by accepting “emoluments” while serving as President. Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled against the President’s effort to delay the action, and ordered discovery to commence.
The decision was publicized today by some of the 215 Congressional Democrats bringing the action. The Arizona Members of Congress participating are Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD2), Raul Grijalva (CD3), Ruben Gallego (CD7) and Greg Stanton (CD9). Neither Rep. Tom O’Halleran (CD1) nor Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are parties to the action.
Judge Emmet Sullivan previously denied the President’s motion to dismiss the case. The new motion was to permit the Administration to appeal the previous rulings and to stop discovery during that process.
House files lawsuit demanding Trump’s tax forms reports Mark Sumner of the Daily Kos Staff (h/t AZ Blue Meanie).
On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, demanding the release of Donald Trump’s tax forms as required under law. This comes after more than two months of attempting to get the IRS and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide the forms first by request, and then by subpoena.
Both [budget director] Mulvaney and Mnuchin have said that the reason House representatives have been seeking Trump’s forms is “partisan” or “not related to a legislative function.” And both are continuing to ignore the fact that the law on producing these forms says nothing about either position. House members don’t have to prove anything about their motives. There are no forms to fill out or hurdles to clear. They only have to request, and the IRS “shall comply.” Except it hasn’t complied, which is why the whole thing is now headed to court.
Why Neal waited out two months without moving to take the matter to court isn’t clear. And it’s also not clear how quickly the issue will be taken up by the federal courts. But at least this seems to be a move toward seeking a resolution.