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a US judge on Monday ruled in favor of a congressional committee seeking president Donald trump's financial records from his accounting firm healing and early set back to the trump administration in its legal battle with Congress US district judge I meet meta seen here in twenty twelve also denied a request by trump to stay his decision pending an appeal , lawyers argued that Congress is just looking for something damaging to use against the president in an election year Monday's ruling found that the committee quote has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the president's financial records and that the Mazar's documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions it was the first time a federal court had waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in probing trump and his business affairs I think the president is refusing to cooperate with a slew of investigations on issues ranging from his tax returns and policy decisions who is Washington hotel in his children's security clearances met is ruling will almost certainly be appeal to a higher court