The US President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a Washington court in respect of the House of Representatives Committee on revenues and expenditures, as well as the authorities of the state of New York to block the ability of the tax declarations of the head of state to Congress. The text of the complaint was published by CNN.
The lawsuit was filed in connection with the decision taken in early July by the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill to introduce two amendments to the tax code of this state, allowing to satisfy the requests of the relevant committees of the US Congress to provide tax returns of persons in elected positions, including Trump. Cuomo approved the amendments relate to the list of exceptions in the Tax code and include in it individuals, which are interested in the Finance committees of the House of Representatives on revenues and expenditures, the Finance Committee of the Senate and the Joint Committee on taxation of the US Congress.
The lawsuit, filed by Trump “as a private individual,” States that, under US law, tax returns cannot be transferred to Congress at the request of committees. “The bill also violates the first amendment [to the US Constitution] <...> The New York legislature passed it to discriminate against and oppose President Trump for his speeches and policies. The court must declare it [the law] unconstitutional and prohibit its action,” the lawsuit says.
Previously, Democrats presiding over committees of the House of Representatives, demanded to provide Trump’s tax returns in recent years. At the same time, the head of state noted that he did not intend to transfer it. At the same time, during the election campaign in 2016, he announced his intention to publish this information but did not do it.