Donald Trump asks US Supreme Court to shield financial records

By Helene Fung

US President Donald Trump and three of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, have asked the US Supreme Court to shield their financial records held by Deutsche Bank and Capital One from being subpoenaed to Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Apart from this, there are two similar cases for Mr Trump’s financial records and tax returns are also pending before justices.

Judges from lower level courts in all three cases have ruled that the records held by the banks and Mr Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must be provided.

Without a Supreme Court order, the banks would have to begin providing records to House committees next week – which could bring the Democrats closer to details about Mr Trump’s business interests, as they pursue an impeachment inquiry focusing on his dealings with Ukraine.

However, if the justices grant Mr Trump’s request, it would buy his lawyers time to file a formal appeal of the lower court ruling.

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