Trump lawyers strike out in subpoena hearing — and judge warns he won’t let them ‘drag this out’ (RawStory.com link): Attorneys representing President Donald Trump on Tuesday faced a tough grilling by a federal judge who expressed skepticism of their claims that Congress must have a legitimate “legislative purpose” in order to seek documents related to the president’s finances.
Mehta was particularly skeptical of the Trump attorneys’ claims that Congress needed to show a legitimate legislative reason before it could subpoena documents related to the president’s finances.
In particular, Mehta said that congressional investigations of former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not attached to any specific legislative purpose. Mehta also shot down Trump lawyers’ objections to his decision to consolidate the legal procedural steps in an effort to speed up the case. “We’re not going to drag this out,” he said.
Stern went on to express his doubt that Trump even wanted to be president, and he summarized his conflicted feelings about Trump by saying “The guy I knew…I didn’t know this was him.” That’s when Stern suggested Trump is faking his anti-abortion position.
“I don’t believe his stance on abortion, for example. The Donald I know — I think he probably needed to get a few people abortions. I don’t know what he’s doing. The stance, the women don’t have a right to choose what — you don’t have to get an abortion. But if you want the right — I remember the days of women in the back alleys with coat hangers, that’s not acceptable.”