New York has passed a law requiring President Trump to disclose his tax returns. In response, President Trump has sued the state of New York and now House Democrats want that lawsuit dismissed.
According to The Hill:
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.
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.
“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.”
President Trump’s tax returns have yet to be requested despite the passing of the law.