the DOJ issued a legal memo authorizing the release of the Trump tax returns to the house Ways and Means Committee last week. Trump is now asking a judge to block the release of his tax returns to Congress In a court filing submitted Wednesday morning.
“The requests are tailored to, and in practical operation will affect, only President Trump,” the filing reads. “The requests single out President Trump because he is a Republican and a political opponent. They were made to retaliate against President Trump because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions he took during the 2016 and 2020 campaigns.”
In their brief on Wednesday, Trump’s lawyers have argued that Congress has limited authority to conduct investigations into private citizens and the requests for his records exceed those limits.
“’Oversight’ and ‘transparency,’ in a vacuum, are not legitimate purposes” to request private information, they argued.
“The primary purpose of the requests is to obtain and expose [Trump’s] information for the sake of exposure, to improperly conduct law enforcement, or some other impermissible goal—not to study federal legislation,” Trump’s lawyers added.