Trump sues NY attorney general, NY commissioner of taxation and finance to block release of state tax return

David Caplan
July 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to prevent the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns through a recently-passed New York law: He is suing the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state attorney general's office -- headed by Letitia James -- and the New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., argues that the defendants worked to pass the TRUST Act with the intent to expose Trump’s tax returns for “political gain.”

"Because the Committee’s jurisdiction is limited to federal taxes, no legislation could possibly result from a request for the President’s state tax returns. The Committee thus lacks a legitimate legislative purpose for using the TRUST Act," the lawsuit states.

It continues, "New York legislators admitted that the TRUST Act’s purpose was to help the Committee expose the President’s private tax information for political gain; its purpose was their purpose,” reads the lawsuit."

This lawsuit comes on the heels of a separate complaint filed by the House Ways and Means Committee seeking Trump's federal tax returns.