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Federal judge rules banks must comply with subpoenas for Trump financial records

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A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that two banks that did business with President Trump must comply with congressional subpoenas seeking access to his financial records.

The House Financial Services and Intelligence committees have requested the documents from Deutsche Bank and Capital One to investigate possible “foreign influence in the U.S. political process.”

“We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement to Fox News after the ruling.

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In this May 16, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A judge is poised to hear oral arguments Wednesday, May 22, 2019, over Trump’s effort to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

After an hour of oral arguments, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled the subpoenas have “a legitimate legislative purpose” and ruled that Trump was unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit to quash the requests.

Trump’s lawyers had asked the judge to temporarily block Congress from gaining access to the records. They said it was a “safe bet” they would appeal the decision.

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“Congress can issue a subpoena on any matter, at any time, for any reason, to any person, and there is basically nothing a federal court can do about it,” Trump’s lawyers said.

The ruling comes two days after another federal judge in Washington upheld a congressional subpoena seeking financial documents dating back to 2011 from Trump accounting firm Mazars USA. It also comes a day after Trump blocked former White House lawyer Don McGhan from appearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York. Judge Amit Mehta ruled Monday, May 20, 2019, that President Donald Trump cannot block the House subpoena of financial records. (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, file)

In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York. Judge Amit Mehta ruled Monday, May 20, 2019, that President Donald Trump cannot block the House subpoena of financial records. (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, file)

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Lawyers for the Financial Services and House Intelligence committees said Trump’s efforts to block the subpoenas were “flatly inconsistent with nearly a century of Supreme Court precedent,” according to a submission before Wednesday’s hearing.

Some congressional Republicans have called the subpoenas an abuse of authority and blasted the Trump-focused investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, called the inquiry into Mazars USA “an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.”

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Trump also has to contend the issue of his tax returns.

State lawmakers in New York approved a measure Wednesday to make those documents available to congressional committees.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan, Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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