This has not been a good week for Donald Trump’s wide-ranging campaign to hide his personal and business finances from voters. The legal team he’s brought in specifically to prevent his finances from being made public lost two rounds in court, two banks have complied by supplying documents to a House committee and the cover-up campaign is being targeted by elected officials in New York State.
Here’s are links to four defeats to Trump’s financial cover-up campaign:
- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled on Monday that Mazar, Trump’s accounting firm, must give his financial records to the House Oversight Committee.
- Judge rules Deutsche Bank can hand over Trump financial records to Congress
- In New York, lawmakers passed a bill that will enable Congress to access Trump’s N.Y. state tax returns.
- On Wednesday, news broke that Wells Fargo and TD Bank had already given Trump financial documents to the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters.
Trump’s objective is to slow-walk the process, and these records likely won’t be seen for months. Of course his strategy could backfire, if, say, the Supreme Court, rules against him on one or more of these cases during the heat of the 2020 presidential election.