For months, congressional Democrats have been demanding to see President Donald Trump’s financial records. However, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling this week, that won’t happen any time soon.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) isn’t bothering to hide his frustration about it. He promised to continue fighting to get Trump’s records released in a tweet on Thursday.
SCOTUS ruling disappoints Democrats
According to Fox News, the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees subpoenaed Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee also wants documents from Mazars USA, an accounting firm that the president has used for years.
While lower courts have previously sided with Congress, the Supreme Court said on Thursday that those rulings should be vacated and the issue reconsidered. It’s something Schiff clearly isn’t happy about.
Adam Schiff: “We will prevail”
“We will go back to the district court,” the Washington Examiner quoted Schiff as telling MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “We are very confident we can meet these new tests that the Supreme Court enumerated, this four-part test.”
“And, so, we will prevail, but again, if we get the records and they show, in fact, that the president is beholden, does have financial entanglements that might explain, you know, for example, this bizarre affinity for Vladimir Putin and Russia or his interest in Turkey’s Erdogan or Saudi Arabia or other financial interests that are guiding and warping U.S. policy, if we don’t get that for months until — you know, from months from now, it means the country continues to be in jeopardy during that delay.”
Schiff goes after Barr
The House Intelligence Committee chairman went on to take aim at Attorney General Bill Barr, who he accused of being Trump’s pawn.
“He takes the legal view that essentially the president can’t violate the law because he is the law,” Schiff complained, “and Bill Barr is essentially the hand of the president to implement his will. It’s why the Justice Department under Barr doesn’t represent justice.”
“It doesn’t represent the public interest. It is essentially like a second defense attorney and defense counsel for the president,” Schiff continued.
“But, you know, thankfully, you know, as I mentioned, we have a, once again, an affirmation even by justices that Donald Trump appointed that, no, as 200 years of jurisprudence demonstrates, this president is not above the law,” he stressed.
“He must comply with the legal process,” Schiff insisted. “You know, the difficulty is that Bill Barr and Donald Trump will do everything they can to delay.”