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Elijah Cummings Sued by POTUS

Elijah Cummings Sued by POTUS

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is being sued by Donald Trump and his businesses. The president is personally suing Cummings to try to block a subpoena requesting eight years of financial records from Trump’s accountants; his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that the president misrepresented his personal net worth while seeking loans. The lawsuit was filed Monday in DC and seeks to prevent Cummings from obtaining records from the president and his businesses’ accounting firm, Mazars USA, arguing that the Chair and Democrats, in general, are abusing their subpoena power. Trump’s attorneys say Cummings has no “legitimate legislative purpose” in making the demands. The lawsuit also said the Congressman has “ignored the constitutional limits on Congress’ power to investigate.” In a statement to The Hill, Cummings said Trump “has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress. This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.” He went on to say that the White House is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling on all fronts, and “they have refused to produce a single document or witness to the Oversight Committee during this entire year.” We’ll keep you posted. More here.

CNN Business Announces Cannabis Initiative

CNN Business Announces Cannabis Initiative

Cory Booker and Tammy Duckworth Announce Environmental Justice Caucus

Cory Booker and Tammy Duckworth Announce Environmental Justice Caucus