Trump sues Democrats in Congress & New York 2 block release of tax returns

  • President has been fighting House Democrats' efforts to get his IRS returns
  • He declined to release them during 2016 campaign despite long tradition
  • Treasury Department has refused House Ways & Means Committee's demands 
  • Democrats in New York's legislature passed a law this year to go around them
  • Law allows them to hand Trump's state income tax returns to Congress
  • Trump sued them Tuesday, saying Congress lacks a 'legitimate' purpose 
  • Impeaching the president would pass the test but moderate Dems are cautious 

PresidentDonald Trumpsued the House Ways and Means Committee and state officials in New York on Tuesday in a bid to block them from obtaining copies of her personal income tax returns.

The federal lawsuit seeks a cout injunction blocking Empire State officials from using a the powers in a new law to give the president's state income tax returns to the Democrat-led panel in Washington.

State income tax returns often contain much of the same information as federal returns. 

Trump declined to publish his tax records when he was the Republican presidential nominee, breaking with a tradition that started in the 1976 election cycle. 

Donald Trump has been fighting House Democrats' efforts to get his IRS returns and on Tuesday he sued them – along with New York state officials who want to use a new law to hand Congress copies of the president's state tax returns+2

Donald Trump has been fighting House Democrats' efforts to get his IRS returns and on Tuesday he sued them – along with New York state officials who want to use a new law to hand Congress copies of the president's state tax returns

Trump never published his tax returns; it's a tradition for major party presidential nominees to do so, but no federal law requires it+2

Trump never published his tax returns; it's a tradition for major party presidential nominees to do so, but no federal law requires it

From that point through the 2012 election, every president except for Gerald Ford voluntarily released their tax returns. 

Ford, who took over the White House when Richard Nixon resigned, released 10 years of data summarizing his returns his income levels, deductions and taxes paid.

Ways and Means Democrats have also been waging a separate war on Trump's Treasury Department, asking a judge to order the IRS to hand over his federal returns.

A federal law empowers the committee's chairman to look at any taxpayer’s returns, but legal analysts have said such a request must be in the context of a legitimate legislative purpose.

An impeachment inquiry would qualify but Democrats in House leadership have been unwilling to take that step, for fear of alienating moderate voters and angering conservatives who might turn out in droves to back Trump in 2020. 

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