Trump Sues New York To Shield His State Tax Returns

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  • Source: Governing
  • 07/20/2023
Trump, who has been successful so far in blocking Congress from seeing his federal tax records, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against House Democrats and a couple of New York state officials in an aggressive attempt to keep his state returns from seeing the light of day as well.

The lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, Attorney General Letitia James and state tax commissioner Michael Schmidt is asking for an injunction to block the Democratically-controlled congressional panel from using a new state law called the TRUST Act to obtain his state tax papers.

The TRUST Act, which was signed by Gov. Cuomo last month, allows the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to turn over state returns to congressional committees requesting them.

But Trump's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., contends that the House Ways and Means Committee lacks "a legitimate legislative purpose" in seeking his state papers and that the TRUST Act violates the First Amendment because the Empire State supposedly "enacted it to discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics."
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