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Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:03 PM

Trump Enters His Comfort Zone: Suing the Hell Out of Everyone

As the Democrats controlling the House of Representatives grow more comfortable with their power to investigate, President Trump is leaning on the same tactic he favored for decades as Shady Real Estate Developer Trump: filing lawsuits. The latest came Monday, when Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the Trump Organization sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an effort to prevent the two banks from complying with subpoenas filed by multiple congressional committees.

“This case involves congressional subpoenas that have no legitimate or lawful purpose,” the suit begins. “The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses and the private information of the president and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage. No grounds exist to establish any purpose other than a political one.”


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Deutsche Bank has played an overlarge role in the president financial history. After Trump endured multiple bankruptcies, it was the only bank that was willing to lend to to the floundering developer, leading to a fruitful relationship revolving around real estate and golf course projects the Trump Organization undertook over the course of the past 20 years. When Trump took office in 2017, he owed the bank $364 million. On April 15th, the House Intelligence and Finance Committees subpoenaed the bank, as well as several others, for Trump financial records. “The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern,” Finance Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) said at the time.

The lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One comes a week after Trump and the Trump Organization sued House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-NY) to prevent him from obtaining some of the president’s financial records from the accounting firm Mazers USA. Similar to the suit filed Monday, the litigation brought against Cummings alleged that his subpoena was not legitimate, and that Democrats have “declared all-out political war against President Donald J. Trump.”

The lawsuits are only part of Trump and his administration’s gloves-off fight to obstruct Congress from conducting its duty to provide oversight. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has already missed two deadlines to provide the House Ways and Means Committee with Trump’s tax returns, which the IRS is required to do by law now that a request has been submitted. The White House has also tried to stonewall congressional attempts to obtain testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGhan and current presidential adviser Stephen Miller. The strategy seems to be to push as much to the courts as possible in the hopes of delaying determinations past the 2020 election, or that Trump-packed Supreme Court will ultimately rule in the president’s favor.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-suing-lawsuits-impeachment-829000/

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Reply Trump Enters His Comfort Zone: Suing the Hell Out of Everyone (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 30 OP
KT2000 Apr 30 #1
Cary Apr 30 #2
Mc Mike Apr 30 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 30 #4
Caliman73 Apr 30 #5
tanyev Apr 30 #7
ProudLib72 Apr 30 #6

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:10 PM

1. who pays for the lawyers

in all these suits?

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:20 PM

2. Putin

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:22 PM

3. Yah. Looking at his business 'career', who da thunk it?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:27 PM

4. Any legal eagles here on DU ?

Please explain to me the how-to of how a sitting president can sue Congressional committees or individuals (like Elijah Cummings). I just don't get this. How is it possible ? Is there actual precedent for this ? What does the process look like ?

I've tried to research this on the internet, but either I'm asking the wrong questions or using the incorrect wording.

Any takers ?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:29 PM

5. I don't think that he'll be too comfortable though.

He is used to suing local contractors and maybe some middleweights, where his lawyers could used delaying tactics or intimidation to get the smaller fish to settle or cut and run.

His stupid organization is suing a multinational bank worth hundreds of billions of dollars with an army of lawyers and his opponent in the matter is the United States government. Who do you think Deutsche Bank is more likely to cooperate with? Trump has to sue as a private individual otherwise using the power of the Administration to obstruct justice will just add fuel to the fire.

I think he will find that his old "sue them" tactics will not work here.

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Response to Caliman73 (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:44 PM

7. Yep. He never sues someone able to call his bluff and put him through discovery.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 05:30 PM

6. These and more lawsuits brought to you by the Rump's legal firm...

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