NY State Suing Trump’s Treasury Department and IRS for Failing to Comply With The Law
Letitia James became New York’s Attorney General during the 2018 midterms. Upon being elected she promised that she would become a thorn in the president’s side. During her election night celebration, James said of Trump, “I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.”
James and the State of New York have requested numerous documents pertaining to Trump’s business dealing. Since those requests have gone unfulfilled, a lawsuit has been filed against the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.
In March of 2019, the New York Attorney General’s office subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for Trump related documents. The subpoena sought, “loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other records of financial transactions in connection to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump National Doral in South Florida and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago
James announced on Twitter, “We’ve filed a lawsuit against the Trump Treasury Department & IRS for failing to respond to records requests as required by law. The agency eliminated donor disclosure requirements for tax-exempt groups & refuses to comply w/the law to explain the rationale for these changes.”
We've filed a lawsuit against the Trump Treasury Department & IRS for failing to respond to records requests as required by law.
The agency eliminated donor disclosure requirements for tax-exempt groups & refuses to comply w/the law to explain the rationale for these changes.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 6, 2019
Trump and his team have worked hard to keep his tax returns and other business documents out of the hands of investigators. Following the Mueller Investigation, Democrats have attempted to get a closer look at these kinds of documents. Just last week, the president sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in hopes to block House subpoenas.
The matter is now likely to go into the higher courts.