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2nd Circuit refuses to block House committees' subpoenas for Trump bank records

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to block subpoenas by two House committees for President Donald Trump’s banking records.

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block the subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp., report the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The appeals court remanded the case, however, for a review to prevent disclosure of sensitive personal information that does not relate to Congress’ legislative purposes.

The subpoenas were issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Financial Services. The subpoenas sought records pertaining to Trump, his three oldest children, the Trump Organization and related entities. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos had refused to block the subpoenas in a May decision.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said the legal team is reviewing the 2nd Circuit ruling and considering next steps, including seeking U.S. Supreme Court review. The case is Trump v. Deutsche Bank.

Two similar cases seek Supreme Court review of subpoena issues.

On Nov. 25, the Supreme Court stayed an order by a different federal appeals court that required Trump’s accounting firm to turn over financial records to Congress. The stay remains in effect until a cert petition is filed and, if the case is accepted, until a decision is issued. The case is Trump v. Mazars USA.

A separate cert petition pending before the U.S. Supreme Court seeks review of a 2nd Circuit decision upholding a subpoena for Trump’s tax records from the accounting firm. That case is Trump v. Vance.

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