Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, has blocked New York from releasing President Trump’s taxes to the House Democrats, who are on a fishing expedition. New York is appealing Nichols’ decision. They say he does not have jurisdiction to decide the case. Nichols is allowing them to appeal based on jurisdiction but has issued an injunction that will prevent them from releasing the taxes until a week after a decision on jurisdiction is reached. Trump had sued, claiming that New York was violating his constitutional rights by releasing his tax returns without his permission. New York passed the law for political reasons and to specifically target Donald Trump.
A federal judge blocked New York state from turning over President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress Thursday.
The order from Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, came in agreement to a proposal from the state that would allow it to challenge Nichols’ jurisdiction over the issue, Politico reported Thursday.
The Trump administration filed a lawsuit July 23 arguing New York violated the president’s constitutional rights when it passed a law earlier in July that would give the majority Democrat House Ways and Means Committee access to the president’s state tax returns, according to Reuters.
Nichols said during a D.C. court hearing Wednesday that “Mr. Trump cannot suffer any harm” until the issue is resolved, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I continue to expect that while I have this under advisement actions won’t be taken to moot this,” the judge continued.
New York attorney Andrew Amer told Nichols on Wednesday that his clients think the D.C. court does not have authority over the case and he would try to move it elsewhere or have it dismissed entirely.
Author: Steven Ahle
Source: David Harris Jr: Judge Blocks New York From Giving Trump’s Tax Returns to House Democrats