Trump’s Lawyers Argue Tax Return Requests No Longer Applicable
Former President Donald Trump‘s lawyers argued on Monday that a New York law, the TRUST Act, which allows Congress tax committees to request public officials’ state tax returns, does not apply to Trump since he is no longer in office.
Trump’s lawyers wrote in a court filing, “While the TRUST Act is not the clearest statute, the best reading is that it does not apply to former Presidents.”
Judge Carl Nichols, a federal district court judge, has mandated that the Ways and Means Committee must alert Trump’s lawyers ahead of time if they plan to request Trump’s state tax returns. He also ordered that Trump’s team be given 14 days to fulfill the request to the committee.
The committee’s lawyers stated in a court filing on Monday that they believe Nichols’ order does not respect the Constitution’s separation of powers principle. “That non-action by him should now serve as a clear signal to this Court that he did not and does not have any claim worth pursuing about the New York state statute. This Court should therefore now immediately dismiss this case, leaving plaintiff Trump with whatever remedies he might wish to pursue in an appropriate court against an appropriate defendant.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) has been more focused on obtaining Trump’s federal, rather than state, tax returns from the Treasury Department and IRS in the interest of pursuing a separate lawsuit.