D.C. federal Judge Carl J. Nichols just ruled that Trump cannot sue New York state officials in federal court at this time to stop the release of his tax returns.
Trump had sued New York state and the House to stop Congress from requesting his tax returns under a new New York state law. Congress hasn’t yet requested the tax returns under the law.
In his ruling, the Judge Carl J. Nichols held:
Based on the current allegations, Mr. Trump has not met his burden of establishing personal jurisdiction over either of the New York Defendants. The Court therefore need not reach the question of proper venue. Accordingly, the New York Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED, and Mr. Trump’s Amended Complaint is DISMISSED without prejudice as to them. Mr. Trump may press his claims against the New York Defendants in this Court should future events support the exercise of personal jurisdiction over them, or he may opt to pursue those claims in an appropriate forum. An Order will be entered contemporaneously with this Memorandum Opinion.Document Cloud:
On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump (R) nominated Nichols to a seat on this court. The U.S. Senate confirmed Nichols on May 22, 2019, on a vote of 55-43. He received commission on June 25, 2019.