Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block subpoenas

Rich McKay, Reuters

Posted at Apr 30 2019 01:15 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the media as he arrives to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and one of his companies filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp to block the banks from complying with federal subpoenas investigating his financial dealings.

The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court's Southern District of New York, contends that demands for records by Democrat-controlled House committees have "no legitimate or lawful purpose."

It also states that: "The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family."

The suit also complains that the Democrats are hoping "they will stumble upon something they can expose publicly and use as a political tool against the President."

Representative Maxine Waters, the chairwoman of the Financial Services Commission and Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, both Democrats, called the lawsuit "meritless" in a joint statement, the New York Times and other media reported.

On April 15, two U.S. House of Representatives committees issued subpoenas to multiple financial institutions for information on Trump's finances. Both banks have been involved in Trump's real estate empire.

"The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible," Waters said in a statement earlier.

Schiff said previously in a statement the subpoenas issued included a "friendly subpoena to Deutsche Bank."

The financial district with the headquarters of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank , is photographed on early evening in Frankfurt. Reuters

Trump recently has said that he intends to defy any efforts from the Democrats to dig into his affairs. Among other things, the Democrats have been looking into possible dealings Trump might have with Russia.

The suit, which includes The Trump Organization Inc. and Trump's three eldest children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, states that the court has the power to declare the subpoenas invalid.

Attorneys and representatives of either side were not immediately available to Reuters late Monday.