Chairwoman Maloney Sends Memo Updating Committee Members on Supreme Court Decision in Trump v. Mazars

Aug 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 27, 2020)— Yesterday, Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney sent a memorandum to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform providing an update on the status of the Committee’s investigations related to its April 15, 2019, subpoena to the President’s accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP.

 

“The Supreme Court’s opinion reaffirmed the bedrock principle in our democracy that no one—not even the President—is above the law,” wrote Chairwoman Maloney.  “Since the Court remanded the case to the lower court for review under a new standard, many Members have asked what this means for our Committee.  This memorandum provides Members with an update on the status of the Committee’s investigations and potential legislative reforms that would be advanced by the Mazars subpoena and have been harmed by the President’s delays.  It also explains why the Committee’s subpoena satisfies the Supreme Court’s new four-factor analysis for evaluating Congress’s need for the President’s personal information.”

 

Today’s memorandum explains how the Committee’s subpoena to Mazars will further its investigations and aid in Congress’ consideration of important ethics reforms directly applicable to the presidency.  The memorandum includes the following sections:

 

  • Investigation Overview and Updates.  This section describes the Committee’s three tracks of investigations relating to presidential conflicts of interest and financial disclosures, presidential contracts with the federal government and potential self-dealing, and presidential adherence to the Emoluments Clauses.

 

  • Consideration of Remedial Legislation.  This section describes ethics reforms that Congress is weighing in response to gaps that have been identified in existing law, which Congress will continue to investigate based on the information provided by the Mazars subpoena.

 

  • New Developments.  This section describes new reports that further demonstrate Congress’ need for the information demanded under the Mazars subpoena to aid its consideration of important presidential ethics reforms.

 

  • Supreme Court’s New Test.  This section describes how the Committee’s Mazars subpoena meets the new standard announced by the Supreme Court.

 

Click here to read today’s memorandum.

 

Click here to read the Supreme Court’s July 9, 2020, decision in Trump v. Mazars.

 

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