Trump sues to block House subpoena

President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to keep U.S. lawmakers from obtaining his financial records, the latest salvo in what promises to be an escalating legal battle with Democrats in Congress. Vanessa Johnston reports.

( CBS / REUTERS / RESTRICTED POOL / UNRESTRICTED POOL) – It’s the latest salvo in an escalating legal battle between the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill…

…with President Trump on Monday filing a lawsuit to block a subpoena of his real estate company’s financial records…

…that subpoena issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to Trump’s long-time accountant…Democrats now in power in the House of Representatives seeking eight years’ worth of documents…

Monday’s suit marks the first direct effort by Trump’s legal team to quash Democratic probes into Trump and his finances…

In the court filing, lawyers for Trump blasted the Democrats …accusing them of waging a quote “all out political war” against the president…and wielding the subpoena as a weapon…

…writing quote: “Chairman Cummings’ subpoena is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose.”

Cummings fired back, calling their lawsuit “baseless”…saying quote, “This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.”

Cummings issued the subpoena after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen in testimony earlier this year accused Trump of misrepresenting his net worth to secure loans and avoid taxes…

The lawsuit comes in the wake Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia probe.. which built a broad case that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, leaving it up to Congress whether to pursue further action.

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