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Judge Puts Hold on Trump's State Tax Returns

President sued to block House access
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2019 5:59 PM CDT
Richard Neal, House Ways and Means Committee chairman, has not said whether he'll try to enlist the New York law.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Despite passing a law to permit it, New York can't hand over President Trump's state tax returns to a congressional committee quite yet. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed by Trump, issued the order Thursday. The president sued last week over the new law, and Nichols' order will be in effect while the court, and the parties, decide where and how the case will proceed; it could be heard in D.C. or in New York. The judge's decision is in line with a New York proposal that Trump's lawyers did not object to. Nichols had said Wednesday that he wanted to make sure Trump "cannot suffer any harm," CNN reports, while the issues are decided.

Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has not said whether he'll try to use the new law, but he has sued to get a look at Trump's federal returns, per Politico. Neal wrote a piece Wednesday in the Washington Post explaining why he's going after the returns. Nichols has scheduled a hearing on the New York case for Aug. 29. (Read more Trump tax return stories.)

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