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Politics House Democrats ask judge to dismiss Trump lawsuit over NY tax return law

03:45  22 october  2019
03:45  22 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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House Democrats on Monday urged a federal judge to dismiss them from President Trump's lawsuit challenging a New York law that allows congressional committees to request his state tax returns.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: House Democrats ask judge to dismiss Trump lawsuit over NY tax return law© The Hill House Democrats ask judge to dismiss Trump lawsuit over NY tax return law

The Democrat-led Ways and Means Committee, Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and committee aide Andrew Grossman - who are all named as defendants in the lawsuit - argued that Trump hasn't been harmed by them and that they are immune from the lawsuit under the Constitution's speech or debate clause.

The House's lawyers noted that the Ways and Means Committee is participating in the House's impeachment inquiry of Trump, and that the committee's deliberations related to any actions it could take as part of that inquiry are protected from a legal challenge.

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New York state officials have also asked U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols of Washington to dismiss or move the case to New York , saying Trump ’s lawsuit involves a state law and actions by state officials, none of which occurred in Washington. The court has ordered New York not to respond to

"As relevant here, the Committee could at some point decide to seek information under the [New York law] in connection with this impeachment inquiry," the House's lawyers wrote. "This inquiry, and any deliberation concerning any actions the Committee could potentially take in aid of it, underscores the reasons that the Clause provides absolute immunity for the Committee Defendants' decision-making and related acts here."

New York enacted a law in July, known as the TRUST Act, that allows the leaders of Congress's tax committees to request public officials' state tax returns from the commissioner of the state's Department of Taxation and Finance.

Shortly after the bill's enactment, Trump filed a lawsuit in an effort to block the committee from obtaining his New York tax returns. Trump alleges that the committee has no legitimate legislative purpose to request his state tax returns, and that the New York law violates the First Amendment.

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Democrats have clamored for President Trump ’s tax returns since he burst onto the political stage.CreditCreditTom But with the House and the executive branch locked in a broader struggle over access to information and The House suit asks a federal judge to enforce both approaches

Attorneys for President Donald Trump and the House Ways and Means Committee are unable to agree on the parameters for any future request House Democrats might make for the President's New York state tax returns , despite a federal judge asking the parties to figure out a solution themselves.

Neal has not yet requested Trump's state tax returns, and has been more focused on trying to obtain the president's federal tax returns. The Democrats' filing states that the Ways and Means Committee hasn't yet decided whether or not it will request Trump's state tax returns.

In their filing, the committee defendants argued that Trump doesn't have standing to sue because he hasn't provided an injury that pertains to them, and that Trump's case is not yet ripe.

"Mr. Trump's claim is far too abstract and speculative to warrant judicial intervention at this juncture," the House's lawyers wrote.

Additionally, the committee defendants argued that the deliberations about whether to request Trump's state tax returns are protected from a legal challenge under the Constitution's speech or debate clause. The House's lawyers argue that the deliberations are a legislative act protected by the clause, and that the clause also protects Congress's deliberative processes with respect to impeachment.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's district attorney urged a judge Monday to reject the "sweeping immunity" He also asked U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to dismiss the lawsuit , saying it Trump has sued to block two House committees from getting his tax returns and to shield him from a

A federal judge on Thursday issued an order blocking New York state from turning over President Donald Trump 's tax returns to congressional Democrats for now, should the House Ways and Means Committee request them through a newly passed New York law .

The committee defendants also argue that Trump has failed to state a claim against them.

"At bottom, the relief Mr. Trump seeks in this case is as brazen as it is extreme," they said. "In the absence of any injury to him now, and admitting that a request by the Committee Defendants by itself will never harm him, Mr. Trump nonetheless asks this Court to invade the Committee's ongoing deliberations concerning whether and how to gather information for its work."

At a court hearing in September, House General Counsel Douglas Letter said that if the committee defendants lose their motion to dismiss on speech or debate clause grounds, they can immediately appeal the decision.

New York officials who are defendants in the lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James (D) and state tax official Michael Schmidt, filed their own motion to dismiss the lawsuit in August, arguing that the lawsuit doesn't belong in federal court in Washington, D.C. Trump disagrees and argues that the federal court in D.C. does have jurisdiction over the New York officials.

Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, heard oral arguments on the New York officials' motion in September, but has yet to issue a ruling. Under an order Nichols issued in August, the New York officials can't provide any requested Trump tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee until one week after Nichols rules on the New York officials' motion.

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