From the very beginning of Donald Trump’s run for president, he has refused to release his taxes to the public. All other presidents in recent memory have done so without question. For several years, POTUS said that he could not release them while they were being audited. Not true. Finally, the people won out.
Monday, the president was defeated in his longtime journey to hide his tax returns. Ironically, one of his own appointees ruled against him. Judge Carl Nichols of the United District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against him. The judge declared that “the president could not sue the state of New York” to “prevent the release of his taxes,” according to CNN.
CNN also reported that Nichols ruled that the president’s attorneys:
‘[F]ailed to establish a so-called “conspiracy jurisdiction” based on his accusations that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a co-conspirator with House Democrats in a plot to improperly reveal the president’s personal financial information.’
The judge said in his written response:
‘Based on the current allegations, Mr. Trump has not met his burden of establishing personal jurisdiction over either of the New York Defendants. The Court therefore need not reach the question of proper venue.’
This year New York state legislature brought a law into existence that allowed the U.S. House of Representatives to request the president’s New York state tax returns. The sole purpose of the law was to assist Democrats in Congress to obtain the president’s taxes. State returns are similar to his federal tax returns.
The reason for the law was that the Trump White House has mounted a major stonewalling seige against Congressional hearings. The president actually brought the lawsuit. His goal was to freeze the Democratic House from getting his financial records.
Thus far, Congress has not acted on the judge’s ruling. Of course, the president could file another lawsuit in a different court to block Congress.
Judge Carl Nichols sits on the federal bench in Washington D.C.
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