Breaking: The Dumpster Strikes Back!

Meanwhile, at Trum HQs…

Axios Alerts us:


“Trump, Trump Organization sue House Oversight’s Elijah Cummings to block subpoena

“President Trump and The Trump Organization filed suit against House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings in federal court on Monday in an attempt to block Cummings’ subpoena of Trump’s longtime accountant, Mazars USA LLP.

“The big picture: Cummings wrote last week that the subpoena — for all of Trump’s financial records — is a result of testimony from Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who claimed that the president “altered the estimated value of his assets and liabilities on financial statements.”

“Trump’s suit claims that Cummings and House Oversight are “assuming the powers of the Department of Justice, investigating (dubious and partisan) allegations of illegal conduct by private individuals outside of government” solely to dig up dirt ahead of the 2020 presidential election.”


Axios also has the filing embedded.

I am not aware of the this sort of law suit happening before, this seems unprecedented (to me); anyone who followed Watergate want to weigh in? Did Nixon do anything like this?

 

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11 Responses to Breaking: The Dumpster Strikes Back!

  1. Redhand says:

    I am not aware of the this sort of law suit happening before, this seems unprecedented (to me); anyone who followed Watergate want to weigh in? Did Nixon do anything like this?

    I was 22 when Watergate went down and was a total political junkie at the time (as now).

    This is unprecedented and unbelievable. I mean, look at this excuse:

    “Trump’s suit claims that Cummings and House Oversight are “assuming the powers of the Department of Justice, investigating (dubious and partisan) allegations of illegal conduct by private individuals outside of government” solely to dig up dirt ahead of the 2020 presidential election.”

    It’s hard to wrap my mind around how utterly fucked up their defense rationale is. He wants to pretend that Congress has no oversight rights. If he wins this, we can kiss what’s left of our democracy goodbye completely. His winning is utterly unimaginable to me.

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    • tengrain says:

      Thank you Redhand; as a sonofalawyer, I cannot imagine that this could work, but he’s also stocked the judiciary with some fine fat trout.

      Rgds,

      TG

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    • Bruce388 says:

      I was 26 when Nixon, faced with certain impeachment and conviction, resigned. The major difference between Nixon and FatNixon is the tax returns. Nixon released his even though they were “under audit,” as has every legitimate president since.

      An aside: In the early 70s the first Mrs. Bruce388 worked for a big-time Philadelphia law firm as a fiduciary team assistant, whatever that is. When news broke of Nixon paying $700 or thereabouts in federal taxes, she nodded and said, “Yep, that’s right.” Nixon’s tax lawyer was probably a partner at the firm and she had seen everything.

      Nixon had been claiming D.C. residency on his California tax returns and California residency to D.C. He wasn’t called Tricky Dick for nothing.

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  2. Boris says:

    The differences between Nixon and Fat Nixon is Fat Nixon has no intention of leaving the WH other than in a body bag (that’s not necessarily a bad thing.) In the interim he will continue to lie, cheat, grift and otherwise trash all political/societal norms in his ongoing quest to beatify himself.

    The other difference is McConnell and His Minions. No way they do anything other than continue to pay Trump slobbering, abject obeisance. It’s almost as if some billionaire has paid them all off in the past and now holds extortion power over them…

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    TG –
    TBon theP comes through for us again! This is from a bit more than a year ago, but it’s quite prescient:
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/03/nixon-trump-saturday-night-massacre-216929

    And I’m no legal expert – I don’t even play one on TV – but I just can’t see this suit going very far forward. But what REALLY irks me is that DOJ guideline, you know, the one that says a sitting preznit can’t be indicted, because it would distract him from the important business of ru(i)nning the country. So shouldn’t the obverse be true also? A sitting preznit shouldn’t be allowed to sue ANYONE, since it would distract, yada-yada. ESPECIALLY filing suit against a gov’t official who is only doing HIS JOB. Sauce for the goose as well as the gander, no?

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  4. Pyed says:

    The difference between Nixon’s and Trump’s Saturday Night Massacres, is that far fewer Republicans in Nixon’s time were quite so complicit with him..

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  5. robginchicago says:

    Congress as well as Ken Starr, investigated the hell out of (both) Clintons’ actions before Bill Clinton was elected to the Presidency. How quickly they (Republican lickspittals) forget.

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  6. paul fredine says:

    what did anyone expect? it’s his sop when he has an indefensible position: sue the hell out of them until they back off. unfortunately (for him, not us) he doesn’t know who he’s up against this time.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      It’s his SOP because of how well it works. If nothing else, it causes lengthy delays, often wearing down his opponents both financially and psychologically, to the point where it just doesn’t seem feasible to continue the fight.

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