Pretty sure this is the first time that this has happened.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee, as well as New York state’s attorney general and its tax chief, to block the disclosure of years of his tax returns.
The president’s lawsuit, which was filed “in his capacity as a private citizen,” came less than a month after the Ways and Means Committee sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service to obtain Trump’s federal returns.
Trump’s new legal action intervenes in that suit, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Trump’s lawyers argue that the House panel “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” to use a recently passed New York state law to get Trump’s returns. They also claim that state law violated the president’s First Amendment rights, because it was enacted to “discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics.”
“We have filed a lawsuit today in our ongoing efforts to end Presidential harassment,” said Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in a statement. “The actions taken by the House and New York officials are nothing more than political retribution.”
Trump has refused to show his tax documents before or after winning the 2016 presidential election, despite a longstanding tradition among modern presidential candidates to disclose their returns.
Hey, remember when Trump declared on multiuple occasions that at some point he would release his tax returns?
Well now we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was lying about that.
I am not sure exactly what is in these tax returns but whatever it is Trump is clearly terrified that they become public.