Trump Says N.Y. Tax Law Doesn’t Apply Because He’s Not President

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Donald Trump said a New York law enabling Congress to ask for his state tax returns no longer applies because he isn’t president.

The law, known as the Trust Act, allows the state to share the president’s tax information with a congressional committee that asks for it.Trump sued the House and Ways and Means Committee to block it from requesting information.

“While the Trust Act is not the clearest statute, the best reading is that it does not apply to former presidents,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in a report to U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols in Washington, asking that he accept their interpretation.

Trump had also sued the New York attorney general’s office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to block them from handing over the information to Congress.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that New York enacted the state financial-disclosure law to punish him for his speech and political views.

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