17 de junio de 2019
Hispanic World

Federal judge backs Congress's request for Trump's financial records

Washington, May 20 (efe-epa).- A US federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of a request by the House Oversight Committee to secure financial records of President Donald Trump, who had filed suit to block the move.

Washington, May 20 (efe-epa).- A US federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of a request by the House Oversight Committee to secure financial records of President Donald Trump, who had filed suit to block the move.

Judge Amit Mehta in the District of Columbia ruled that Trump cannot block the request the congressional committee submitted to Mazars USA, the accounting firm used for a decade by the president and his assorted companies.

Trump's attorneys asserted in their suit that the request by committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democratic, was "unconstitutional."

Trump and the Trump Organization filed suit against the Cummings in April seeking to block his subpoena request for the president's financial records, and Mehta on Monday also denied their request for a stay pending appeal.

The president and his lawyers have said that Democrats' attempts to obtain Trump's financial information is "all-out political war" in which "subpoenas are their weapon of choice."

Upon learning of their plan to go after his financial records from his former accounting firm, Trump said in March that House Democrats were "obsessed" with finding something they can use to damage him politically rather than working in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation to benefit Americans.

Mehta, however, said in his ruling that "It is not for the court to question whether the Committee's actions are truly motivated by political considerations. Accordingly, the court will enter judgment in favor of the Oversight Committee."

"It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct - past or present - even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry," Mehta wrote.

In remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump called the judge's ruling "ridiculous" and said that he would appeal.

On March 20, the Oversight Committee requested that Mazars USA provide financial records and audits prepared for Trump and some of his companies, including the Trump International Hotel located in downtown Washington.

The committee also requested backup documents used to prepare reports and communications between the president and the firm.

The Washington Post reported that Mazars and an earlier firm had provided accounting services to Trump for more than a decade, creating records that the mogul used to get loans, records that contained "exaggerations" but which the company accompanied with a statement saying that the firm was not responsible for inaccuracies in the information.

"Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations," Mazars USA told ABC News on Monday.

On April 8, it became known that Democrats in New York could obtain Trump's tax records and returns via legislation sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

The bill, however, would only involve tax records related to New York state, where Trump has his private residence and where his real estate firm and other companies are based, and it would authorize the state to provide such information if requested by Congress.

Histórico de noticias
Qatar notches unexpected 2-2 draw vs. Paraguay in Copa America action

Rio de Janeiro, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- The Qatari national soccer team, headed by Spain's Felix Sanchez, secured an unexpected 2-2 draw against Paraguay,...

Migrants trying to survive while waiting to regularize status in Mexico

By Mitzi Fuentes

Colombian agency makes investment pitch in New Zealand and Australia

Bogota, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- A delegation from Invest in Bogota, which promotes investment in Colombia's capital, is meeting with investors in New Zealand and...

Venezuelans in Ecuador, a portrait of their homeland's hunger, poverty

By Daniela Brik

Messi licks his wounds at the gym alongside other starters

Salvador, Brazil, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- Argentine national soccer team superstar Lionel Messi on Sunday worked out at the gym alongside the rest of the players...

Defending champion Chile to kick off Copa America run against a young Japan

Sao Paulo, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- The Chilean national soccer team on Monday will begin defending its Copa America title against Japan, one of the teams invited...

Massive blackout caused by failure in grid, Argentine gov't says

Buenos Aires, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- A "collapse" in the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) caused the "massive outage in electric energy" across Argentina...

Guatemala holds general elections, with ex-first lady leading in polls

Guatemala City, Jun 16 (efe-epa).- Voters are heading to the polls on Sunday for the general elections in Guatemala, where more than 8 million people are...

Guatemala steels itself for elections full of uncertainty

By Patricia Pernas

Guatemala steels itself for elections full of uncertainty

By Patricia Pernas

Venezuela, Peru play to scoreless draw in Copa America

Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jun 15 (efe-epa).- Venezuela and Peru played to a 0-0 draw here Saturday afternoon in their opening match at the Copa America, a Group...

Ecuadorian sex workers assert rights through pioneering union

Christian A. Sanchez

1 Miner rescued in northern Chile, another found dead, a third missing

Santiago, Jun 15 (efe-epa).- Of a group of three Bolivians trapped inside a mine in northern Chile, one has been rescued alive, a second was found dead and...

Uruguay’s ambitions vs Ecuador’s doubts in their 2019 Copa America debut

Belo Horizonte, Jun 15 (efe-epa).- Uruguay's national team, one of the favorites to win the 2019 Copa America, is set to kick off its run at the continental...

Brazilian general strike presents mixed picture

Rio de Janeiro, Jun 14 (efe-epa).- Events took place in each of Brazil's 27 states on Friday as a part of a general strike called by unions against...

Cuban entrepreneurs feel the pain from drop in US tourists

Lorena Canto

Africans, Haitians await immigration proceedings in Mexican border city

Mitzi Mayauel Fuentes Gomez

The day a US museum canceled an exhibit due to political pressure

By Alfonso Fernandez

Surfing: Panama's therapy for kids with autism

By Rogelio Adonican Osorio

Mexico: National Guard will start operating near southern border on June 18

Mexico City, Jun 14 (efe-epa) Mexico's foreign relations secretary said here Friday that a newly created National Guard force will start operating in the...

Novelist looks back at Colombia's 1st women's strike

Luis Velandia Perez

Gov't agency calls on Trump to fire Conway; Sanders to leave WH press office

Washington, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- An independent US government agency on Thursday recommended that President Donald Trump fire presidential counselor Kellyanne...

Christie's auction features treasures of Indian royalty

Nora Quintanilla

Tarot card reading is latest craze in Silicon Valley

By Marc Arcas