Judge skeptical of Trump effort to keep records from House

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On McGahn's behalf, Burck confirmed that the ask had been made and declined, and characterized the request as "professional and cordial", as opposed to a "threat or something sinister".

Last week, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., ruled that he would fast-track President Trump's lawsuit to block his accounting firm from handing eight years of his financial records to the House Oversight Committee, which subpoenaed them. They said Congress has broad power to issue subpoenas, so long as documents requested can help it legislate, and that courts are reluctant to second-guess its motivations.

Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the US won't "survive another four years" of President Donald Trump if he wins re-election in 2020.

"There's just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that's Donald Trump", Schiff said. The attorney general, William Barr, has said on multiple occasions he is willing to allow Mueller to testify. Trump, his business and family have also filed a lawsuit in NY against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block subpoenas from the House Financial Services and intelligence panels seeking their banking and financial records.

Trump's budget proposal called for cutting EPA funding by 31% - bringing it down to $6.1 billion from its fiscal year 2019 level of roughly $8.8 billion.

Republicans have accused Democrats of grandstanding for liberal voters. "That would be a problem".

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A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, oppose Congress opening impeachment proceedings against the president following the release of the Mueller report. "He certainly seems to be trying and maybe this is his perverse way of dividing us more ... he thinks that's to his political advantage, but it's certainly not to the country's advantage". "It will become clear to the American public what we need to do". And it is the first of what is likely to be many related to Trump's stonewalling.

Six committees in the House, led by Democrats, are doing just that, examining the president's business dealings, requesting his tax returns and probing any ties to Russian Federation.

The Trump administration has argued that Democrats' request serves no legislative goal.

The release of a redacted version of Mueller's 448-page report last month offered a long-awaited moment of closure for many - and an utterly unsatisfying cliffhanger for plenty of others.

Some Democrats signaled that moment could be approaching quickly.

"I think if you fine someone $25,000 a day to their person until they comply, it gets their attention", Schiff said.