Donald Trump Jr.. took the opportunity in an interview on May 23 to criticize the House Democrats for seeking financial records of President Donald Trump, his companies, and family members, arguing that their subpoenas are so broad, even his 4-year-old daughter could be subject to them.
Trump Jr. was asked by Fox & Friends’ host Brian Kilmeade how the recent investigations had affected the Trump organization and finances.
In response, Trump Jr. said, “That’s the reality. They’re going to go after everything. They’re trying to do that.”
“In the recent subpoena, anyone, any relative—I mean, Chloe, my 4-year-old daughter, they want to subpoena her records. I mean, that’s part of the scope. Barron Trump, obviously he’s been doing a lot of stuff they want to subpoena. There’s no reasonableness to this,” he added.
He then pointed out that there was a gaping difference between the way people are treating President Trump’s business interests compared to other Democratic figures, like former Vice President Joe Biden.
“If you talk about Joe Biden who says ‘China is not a threat’ because his son takes $1.5 billion into his hedge fund from the Chinese government, that’s not a problem,” Trump Jr. said.
“Come on, guys. This is not an equal playing field. I mean, they don’t even pretend that these things are problems. And that’s scary.”
The allegations about the links between Biden’s son Hunter Biden and the Chinese communist regime first emerged in the 2018 book “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends” by author Peter Schweizer.
Schweizer alleged that a deal took place in 2013 between the now-defunct investment firm Rosemont Seneca Partners that was co-founded by Hunter Biden and the state-run Bank of China.
House Committees’ Subpoenas
Trump Jr. comments follow two federal court rulings that allow two banks and an accounting firm that had worked with Trump and the Trump organization to comply with the House subpoenas by handing over the requested financial records.
At the end of April, the Trump family filed a lawsuit against the two banks, Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp, to block them from complying. Trump’s lawyers argued that the Democrat-controlled House committees’ demands for records have no legitimate or lawful purpose and are so broad they would include transaction records on the Trump family’s personal shopping.
“The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family,” the lawsuit stated.
The suit also argued that the Democrats hope “they will stumble upon something they can expose publicly and use as a political tool against the President.”
Moreover, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Financial Services Commission and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, have refused to share the subpoenas with the Trump family nor have they provided information about the subject of the subpoenas, according to the lawsuit.
But through the information obtained from Deutsche Bank, Capital One, and public statements of Schiff and Waters, the plaintiffs claim the subpoenas appear to be demanding banking and financial records, including “records of every single checking withdrawal, credit-card swipe, or debit-card purchase—no matter how trivial or small—made by each and every member of the Trump family.”
“The dates and times when these individuals purchased books, groceries, and other personal items is not the business of the House of Representatives or anyone else,” the suit says.
The Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this report.