Attorneys for Donald Trump, a powerful House committee and New York state have reached agreement on a new path for handling their fight over the president’s state tax returns, according to a Wednesday court filing.
Under the deal, Trump’s lawyers will file a new amended lawsuit by Monday spelling out their case for why a temporary restraining order is needed to stop the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee from using a New York law that could give the panel access to the president’s state tax returns.
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The joint stipulation agreement reached between the lawyers also spells out a new briefing schedule on Trump’s lawsuit, including a proposal for oral arguments in mid-September before U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington, D.C.
Trump filed his original lawsuit last month, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law giving his state officials the OK to share the president’s state filings with Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) upon request.
Since then, the case has been stuck in a dispute over jurisdiction — namely Trump’s decision to file the suit in Washington, D.C., and New York arguing it should be transferred to the Southern District of New York.
Wednesday’s agreement on an updated version of Trump’s lawsuit still needs approval from Nichols, one of the president’s newest appointees to the federal bench in Washington.
Should the judge grant the new plan, the schedule for the case will be pushed back by about two weeks. In the meantime, all the parties involved in the lawsuit have agreed that while the case remains in its current state of flux, New York won’t hand over Trump’s tax documents to House Democrats. New York also must inform Nichols and Trump if Neal does request the tax information.
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