As President Donald Trump continues to face House impeachment investigators, he’s also still facing those in the House who want to access his tax returns. Breaking with decades of precedent, he’s so far refused to release those documents publicly, but House investigators want them to see how close (or far) from following the law that Trump really was. This week, Trump’s legal team in a case meant to try and stop Democrats from accessing his specifically state tax returns requested special treatment going forward. They requested that federal Judge Carl Nichols demand that either House Dems or New York state officials notify Trump at least two full weeks before requesting or delivering his state tax returns.
Nichols gave the Congressional side of the case until Friday at 10 a.m. to respond and set a hearing on the Trump team’s request for emergency relief for Monday at 2 p.m.
Just this past summer, New York Democrats passed the law allowing Congressional investigators to access individuals’ state tax returns if those investigators ran into obstruction in attempting to access the individual in question’s federal returns. They’ve run into exactly that kind of obstruction — despite duly following a law allowing them to request any taxpayer’s tax returns, the Trump Treasury Department has simply refused to hand the material over, and now the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) has filed suit against them, demanding the documents.
Neal is also a party to the lawsuit that the Trump team brought to try and block access to the president’s state tax returns. Although Trump recently announced he’d be filing a legal declaration that he’s now based in Florida, decades of his business work has been in the state of New York, so Trump’s state tax returns are poised to provide investigators with a lot of information. Just recently, Judge Nichols ruled in favor of a motion from New York state officials’ to dismiss the case over lack of jurisdiction, although he simply removed them from the case and has so far left the rest intact.
On his own time, Trump has repeatedly lashed out against New York state officials who’ve attempted to hold him accountable for his belligerent behavior, not to mention the many complaints he’s issued about Congressional investigators.
In early October, he complained on Twitter:
‘The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!’
The developments follow Trump continuing to lose in a separate case in which House investigators have gone to court to attempt to enforce their own subpoena for Trump’s tax returns. Just this past Wednesday, the D.C.-area Court of Appeals ruled against Trump’s motion for a rehearing following their previous upholding of that House Democratic subpoena. Now, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow says that they’ll be appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is their last chance to score a single judicial victory in the matter.