A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit to stop the release of President Donald Trumps New York state tax returns was filed in the wrong jurisdiction.
Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, said on Nov. 11 that the president cant sue New York defendants in a Washington court to block his state returns from being handed over to House Democrats.
“Mr. Trump may renew his claims against the New York Defendants should future events trigger one or more provisions of the Washington long-arm statute, and he may, of course, sue either New York Defendant in another forum (presumably in New York),” Nichols wrote in his opinion, according to the National Law Journal. Nichols had heard oral arguments in the case about two months ago.
He added that “if Mr. Trump alleged that either New York Defendant was involved in the legislative process, he cites no authority for the proposition that enacting or helping to enact a state statute in another state would constitute transacting business in the District of Columbia.”
The judge essentially stated that his court isnt the proper jurisdiction to hear the case.
“Based on the current allegations, Mr. Trump has not met his burden of establishing personal jurisdiction over either of the New York Defendants,” he wrote. “The Court therefore need not reach the question of proper venue. Accordingly, the New York Defendants Motion to Dismiss is granted, and Mr. Trumps Amended Complaint is dismissed without prejudice as to them.”
Nichols said Trump could renew the battle over his returns and file his lawsuit in New York state, according to Bloomberg News.
As noted by The Hill, the case involves the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, which filed a suit to obtain Trumps tax returns.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) issued requests and subpoenas to the Treasury Department and IRS in early 2019 for six years worth of Trumps federal tax returns. The White House has rejected such efforts.
In July, the Ways and Means Committee filed a lawsuit and asked the judge to order the White House to comply with the requests Read More – Source