Trump says New York tax law does not apply to former presidents

Former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers say New York state does not have the authority to turn over his tax returns to a congressional investigation because he is no longer president.

They laid out their argument in documents submitted to a federal court in Washington on Monday, saying that the relevant New York tax law no longer applied.

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It is the latest twist as Trump battles efforts by the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain his financial records.

In the filing, Trump’s legal team says that the Trust Act, which allows the state to share the president’s tax documents with Congress, does not apply.

“Specifically, the court should hold that the Trust Act no longer authorizes the disclosure of plaintiff’s tax information because plaintiff is no longer ‘the president of the United States,’” his lawyers wrote.

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