Categories for A- Trump Taxes

29,789. 10/23/2019

COURTS/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court Wednesday [10-23-19] the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to New York state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation. William Consovoy, an attorney for the president, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Trump has immunity until he leaves office and said prosecutors would not even have the power to do anything if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City. The remark echoed a past comment by Trump, who has said his supporters are so loyal that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose a single vote. The case, which pits Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance against Trump, is one of several legal battles in which the Republican president is seeking to shield his personal finances from scrutiny. In August, Vance, a Democrat, subpoenaed Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018, and other records from the president’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA.”

Brendan Pierson, “Trump could shoot someone and escape prosecution, his lawyer argues,” Reuters, October 23, 2019 3:29 am

29,401. 10/11/2019

COURTS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump’s accounting firm must comply with a House committee’s demands for eight years of his financial records, a federal appeals court panel ruled on Friday [10-11-19] in a major victory for House Democrats in their struggle against his vow to stonewall ‘all’ of their oversight subpoenas. In a 66-page ruling, the panel rejected Mr. Trump’s argument that Congress had no legitimate legislative authority to seek his business records from the firm, Mazars USA, because the committee was trying to determine whether he broke existing laws — not weighing whether to enact a new one…Mr. Trump is virtually certain to appeal the ruling, either to the full Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court. But the decision — affirming an earlier ruling by a Federal District Court judge — was the first test at the appeals court level of the Trump legal team’s sweeping challenges to the constitutional authority of Congress to conduct oversight of his activities.”

Charlie Savage, “Congress Can Seek Trump’s Financial Records, Appeals Court Rules,” The New York Times online, October 11, 2019

29,187. 10/7/2019

COURTS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge on Monday [10-7-19] rejected President Trump’s effort to shield his tax returns from Manhattan state prosecutors, calling the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigation ‘repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.’ The decision from Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan was the first significant ruling in a case that could require Mr. Trump to hand over his tax returns and ultimately test the limits of presidential power. The judge dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by Mr. Trump, who was seeking to block a subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. The Manhattan district attorney demanded the records in late August as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump’s tax returns, however, remain protected for now.”

William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser, “Trump Taxes: President Ordered to Turn Over Returns to Manhattan D.A.,” The New York Times online, October 7, 2019

28,618. 9/23/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday [9-23-19] accused President Trump and his lawyers of trying to invent a “new presidential ‘tax return’ privilege’ by arguing that Mr. Trump should not have to comply with a subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate returns. The district attorney’s office used the pointed language in court papers, asking that a lawsuit filed by Mr. Trump last week be dismissed. Mr. Trump sued in federal court to block a subpoena issued by the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to the president’s accounting firm that seeks his tax returns dating to 2011. Citing constitutional grounds, lawyers for Mr. Trump argued in their lawsuit that a sitting president could not be criminally investigated and said that forcing him to comply with the subpoena would cause him ‘irreparable harm.’”

Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump Is Accused of Inventing Tax Return ‘Privilege’ to Block Subpoena,” The New York Times online, September 23, 2019

28,465. 9/16/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump’s accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose. The subpoena was issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office late last month, soon after it opened a criminal investigation into the role that the president and his family business played in hush-money payments made in the run-up to the election. Both Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Mr. Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the affair.”

William K. Rashbaum and Ben Protess, “8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.,” The New York Times online, September 16, 2019

27,918. 8/29/2019

COURTS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TREASURY/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge on Thursday [8-29-19] denied an attempt by House Democrats to fast-track its attempt to force the Treasury Department and IRS to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The ruling from Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington, DC, does not stop the lawsuit by the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which continues to move ahead with filings due in September. Democrats are also trying other ways to obtain the documents and are pursuing them through the courts while Trump is trying to stop them with judges’ interventions. The judge’s order Thursday is a minor setback for the House in one of the several ongoing court cases regarding Trump’s financial documents, some of which may not be resolved before the 2020 election. The committee initially sued to enforce their subpoena in early July. That was months after the committee made its initial request for the details.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Judge rejects House Democrats’ request to fast-track Trump tax return case,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 29, 2019 8:04 pm

27,915. 8/29/2019

CONGRESS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “New York state officials are attempting to have a federal court throw out President Donald Trump’s lawsuit over the possible release of his tax returns to Congress, according to a new court filing on Thursday [8-29-19]. In July, Trump filed suit in federal court in DC against New York state officials and the US House Ways and Means Committee to prevent the disclosure of his state tax returns. The New York State Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case out of Washington. In the motion, New York says DC is an ‘improper venue,’ the federal court does not have jurisdiction over the case and that it ‘plainly belongs in a New York court.’ Its reasoning: The New York attorney general and the state’s taxation and finance commissioner live in the state of New York, and their primary place of business is there as well. If the court doesn’t dismiss the case outright, it should ‘at the very least’ transfer it to federal court in Manhattan, the filing said.”

Katelyn Polantz and Chandelis Duster, “New York state wants Trump’s suit over tax returns thrown out of DC federal court,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 29, 2019 5:10 pm

27,877. 8/28/2019

BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “Deutsche Bank’s disclosure on Tuesday [8-27-19] that it has tax returns related to President Trump’s family or business set off a frenzy of speculation about what those materials might reveal. But a trove of other data and documents that his longtime lender is sitting on might prove more revelatory to investigators digging into Mr. Trump’s finances. That includes records of how Mr. Trump made his money, whom he has partnered with, the terms of his extensive borrowings and what transactions he has engaged in with Russians or other foreign nationals. For nearly two decades, Deutsche Bank was the only mainstream financial institution consistently willing to do business with Mr. Trump, who had a long record of defaulting on loans. The bank over the years collected reams of his personal and corporate information. Two congressional committees have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for a vast array of records related to Mr. Trump — including any tax returns since 2010.”

-David Enrich, “The Trump Secrets Hiding Inside Deutsche Bank,” The New York Times online, August 28, 2019

27,853. 8/27/2019

BUSINESS/COURTS/DEMS/TRUMP TAXES: “Deutsche Bank told a federal appeals court on Tuesday [8-27-19] that it was in possession of some tax returns sought by congressional subpoenas issued earlier this year to President Trump, his family and his businesses. In a letter to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the German lender wrote that it ‘has in its possession tax returns (in either draft or as-filed form).’ Although the identities of the people or organizations were redacted in the publicly available document, current and former bank officials have said Deutsche Bank has portions of Mr. Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns for multiple years as part of the reams of financial data it has collected over its two-decade relationship with him. The bank’s lawyers also said Deutsche Bank ‘has such documents related to parties not named in the subpoenas but who may constitute ‘immediate family’ within the definition provided in the subpoenas.’”

David Enrich and Emily Flitter, “Deutsche Bank Tells Court It Has Some Tax Returns Related to Trump Inquiry,” The New York Times online, August 27, 2019

27,438. 8/14/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “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 [8-14-19] 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. 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.”

Darren Samuelsohn, “Trump offers to try again in lawsuit over New York tax returns,” Politico, August 14, 2019 3:36 pm

27,433. 8/14/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “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 [8-14-19] court filing. Under the deal, Trump’s lawyers will file a new amended lawsuit by Monday [8-12-19] 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. 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.”

Darren Samuelsohn, “Trump offers to try again in lawsuit over New York tax returns,” Politico, August 14, 2019 12:24 pm

27,217. 8/6/2019

CALIFORNIA/LAWSUIT/LEGISLATION/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday [8-6-19] against officials in California challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to be placed on the state primary ballot in 2020. The R.N.C. suit, which was filed in the Eastern District of California and included the California Republican Party and several California Republican voters as plaintiffs, called the law a ‘naked political attack against the sitting president of the United States.’ It was filed against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California secretary of state. Mr. Trump and his campaign filed a second suit challenging the constitutionality of the new law, and it named the California secretary of state and the state attorney general. In that suit, they argue that states do not have the power to ‘supplement’ the qualifications for the president, set forth by the Constitution.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Campaign Sues Over California’s Requirement to Release Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, August 6, 2019

27,114. 8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge in Washington presiding over a case involving President Donald Trump’s state tax returns said today that he will hear a bid to move the case to New York. District Court Judge Carl Nichols said he agreed to a proposal by New York state to allow it to challenge his court’s jurisdiction over the issue. In exchange, the judge barred the state from turning over the president’s state tax filings to congressional Democrats, should they ask for them under a newly enacted New York law, while the case is pending. The state must also alert Nichols if Democrats request the tax documents while the case is being argued, the judge ordered. He set a hearing on the issue for Aug. 29. The decision was not unexpected, since Nichols said Wednesday he was leaning toward the idea. It comes in a case in which Trump is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) from taking advantage of the New York law.”

Brian Faler, “Judge agrees to hear bid to move Trump state tax return case to New York,” Politico, August 1, 2019 5:13 pm

27,082. 7/31/2019

CALIFORNIA/LEGISLATION/TRUMP TAXES: “Gov. Gavin Newsom said he spoke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday [7-30-19] — the same day he signed a confrontational bill aimed at forcing the president to release his tax returns — and insisted he is maintaining a line of communication with the White House. Newsom, appearing at a wildfire-related press conference, would not disclose the specifics of their conversation. But the Democratic governor said he and Trump are ‘continuing to try to work collaboratively together’ — a necessary partnership with Washington on mass shootings, natural disasters and infrastructure development. Newsom continued to defend the bill requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns if they want to appear on California primary ballots. Standing alongside state officials while announcing a surge in firefighting capacity, Newsom said the tax return bill provides much-needed transparency. California politicians, including Newsom, are also subject to CA SB27 (19R).”

Colby Bermel, “Newsom spoke to Trump on same day he demanded Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, July 31, 2019 4:36 pm

27,054. 7/30/2019

CALIFORNIA/ELECTION/LEGAL/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s lawyers immediately signaled today they will challenge a California law requiring Trump to disclose his tax returns if he wants to appear on primary ballots in the state…A challenge seemed all but inevitable given Trump’s legal moves to stymie House Democrats and New York officials who are also seeking the president’s tax returns. Trump campaign official Tim Murtaugh declined to comment on a potential lawsuit but said the California law is unconstitutional…Newsom clearly anticipated the backlash, accompanying his signing message with quotes from legal scholars attesting the constitutionality of the law.”

Jeremy B. White, “Trump lawyer to California: See you in court,” Politico, July 30, 2019 2:42 pm

26,924. 7/25/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge decided Thursday [7-25-19] that a different judge should handle President Donald Trump’s suit to prevent House Democrats from obtaining his New York state tax returns, delaying a decision on the president’s request for a restraining order against the Democrats. Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, rejected a bid by Trump lawyer William Consovoy to have McFadden hear both that case and a separate lawsuit by Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal seeking the president’s federal returns. At a hearing Thursday, Consovoy argued the cases are so similar that McFadden ought to handle both. But McFadden disagreed, noting one involved federal tax law and the other state law. What’s more, McFadden said, Democrats are plaintiffs in one case and defendants in the other, and that could have ramifications for their legal strategies in the cases…While the New York case will be reassigned to another judge, McFadden will still handle Neal’s lawsuit for Trump’s federal filings. Lawyers for Neal said they did not have an opinion on whether McFadden ought to take both cases.”

Brian Faler, “Trump’s suit to block Democrats from getting his New York tax returns will be handed off to another judge,” Politico, July 25, 2019 6:15 pm

26,882. 7/24/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s attorneys asked a federal judge Wednesday [7-24-19] to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the House’s top tax writer from asking New York officials to turn over the president’s state tax returns. Trump filed suit in the District of Columbia on Tuesday to keep House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) from taking advantage of a New York law that would give him access to the state returns upon request. New York officials are also named in the suit. But Trump’s attorneys said Wednesday they fear Neal could ask for the returns before the case proceeds…It’s another volley in the tug-of-war between Trump and Democrats who are bent on getting ahold of his tax returns, which he has refused to release voluntarily. Neal has asked a federal court to order the administration to give him six years’ worth of Trump’s returns under a federal law that allows the chairs of Congress’s tax committees to obtain anyone’s confidential tax information.”

Toby Echert, “Trump wants restraining order to keep his New York tax returns away from Democrats,” Politico, July 24, 2019 5:23 pm

26,843. 7/23/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump sued New York State officials and the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday [7-23-19] to try to block congressional Democrats from using a recently enacted New York law to obtain his state tax returns. The lawsuit, filed by the president’s private lawyers in federal court in Washington, opens a new front in Mr. Trump’s fight to keep his tax returns secret. His administration has already rejected subpoenas from the Ways and Means Committee for his federal tax information, prompting the House to file a lawsuit of its own in recent weeks seeking enforcement. Now Mr. Trump is moving to close a side door opened by Democratic lawmakers in his home state by asking a judge to declare that the Ways and Means Committee ‘lacks a legitimate legislative purpose’ to request his state tax returns. The suit also seeks to nullify the New York law outright before Congress decides whether to use it.”

Nicholas Fandos and Jesse McKinley, “Trump Sues New York and Congress to Shield His State Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, July 23, 2019

26,240. 7/3/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats’ legal bid for President Donald Trump’s tax returns has been assigned to a district court judge appointed by Trump. Trevor McFadden is slated to hear a suit filed Tuesday [7-3-19] by lawmakers demanding the administration turn over six years of the president’s tax filings. McFadden has previously ruled for the administration in another high-profile fight with Democrats, when he decided that lawmakers did not have the legal standing to sue to prevent Trump from reassigning money appropriated by Congress to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The administration is likely to pursue a similar argument in the tax-return case, experts predict, by contending that the court should not get involved in the long-running battle between Congress and the administration. Trump has defied a decades-old tradition of presidents voluntarily releasing their tax returns. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is seeking Trump’s filings under a 1924 law allowing the heads of Congress’s tax committees to examine anyone’s private tax information.”

Brian Faler, “Democrats’ suit for Trump’s tax returns assigned to Trump-appointed judge,” Politico, July 3, 2019 12:18 pm

26,220. 7/2/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IRS/LAWSUIT/TREASURY/TRUMP TAXES: “The House sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday [7-2-19], demanding access to President Trump’s tax returns and escalating a fight with an administration that has repeatedly dismissed as illegitimate its attempt to obtain the financial records. The lawsuit moves the dispute into the federal courts after months of sniping between the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which requested and then subpoenaed the returns, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The case may ultimately go to the Supreme Court, and its outcome is likely to determine whether financial information that Mr. Trump has kept closely guarded in spite of longstanding presidential tradition will be viewed by Congress and, ultimately, the public. In Tuesday’s filing, the House argued that the administration’s defiance of its request amounted to ‘an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the I.R.S. and the tax laws on behalf of the American people.’ It asked a judge to order the defendants to comply.”

Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage, “House Files Lawsuit Seeking Disclosure of Trump Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,207. 7/2/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats on Tuesday [7-2-19] sued for President Trump’s tax returns, marking the beginning of a high-stakes legal fight over his efforts to keep his taxes secret. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) filed suit in federal court to enforce a subpoena for the records rejected in May by the administration…Democrats are seeking six years’ worth of Trump’s returns under a 1924 law allowing the leaders of Congress’ tax committees to examine anyone’s confidential tax information. Democrats hope the documents will answer a host of questions about Trump’s finances. Trump has defied a decades-old tradition of presidents voluntarily releasing their returns, and his administration is fighting the effort to force his hand, arguing Democrats do not have a legitimate reason for seeking the information. It is just one of a number of subpoenas the administration is battling, in a larger war over congressional oversight.”

Brian Faler, “House Democrats sue for Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, July 2, 2019 1:52 pm

25,735. 6/14/2019

DEMS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/STEVE MNUCHIN/TREASURY/TRUMP TAXES: “The Justice Department on Friday [6-14-19] backed a decision by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to defy a request from Congress for President Trump’s tax returns on the basis that it lacked ‘legitimate legislative purpose.’ The department issued a 33-page memo, dated Thursday [6-13-19], that came as House Democrats were preparing a lawsuit as the next step in their effort to gain access to Mr. Trump’s returns. Mr. Mnuchin defied requests made in April and May by the House Ways and Means Committee and refused to comply with a subpoena, setting up a legal battle between the two branches of government. House Democrats are trying to obtain six years of Mr. Trump’s personal and business tax returns using an obscure provision of the tax code that allows congressional tax-writing committees to get the returns of any taxpayer. The memo, written by Steven A. Engel, the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, argued that House Democrats, led by Representative Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts, made the request for political purposes with the intention of releasing Mr. Trump’s tax returns.”

Alan Rappeport, “Justice Dept. Backs Mnuchin’s Refusal to Release Trump’s Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, June 14, 2019

25,246. 5/23/2019

CONGRESS/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “The New York Legislature passed a bill yesterday that could let members of Congress do something few have: look at President Trump’s tax returns, legally. The bill may lead to further insight into the vast and complex network of Mr. Trump’s business activities, which he has vigorously tried to conceal for decades. After Times reporters obtained printouts from Mr. Trump’s I.R.S. tax transcripts for the years 1985 through 1994, they reported that he had lost $1 billion in just 10 years. The printouts were sent by a person who had legal access to them. Mr. Trump and some of his supporters say the interest in his taxes is a political witch hunt meant to derail his White House agenda. How did the hunt for Mr. Trump’s tax returns end up in Albany? The hunt is in New York because Mr. Trump, who was born in Queens, lived here for years. Until Mr. Trump moved into the White House, he lived and worked in Manhattan. That meant he filed taxes in New York, and that the information is in the hands of state officials. Democrats, who have long occupied the governor’s office, recently took full control of the Legislature, giving them the power to write a bill to release tax returns under certain circumstances.”

Azi Paybarah, “How New York Cleared a Path for Congress to Get Trump’s Tax Returns,” The new York Times online, May 23, 2019

25,234. 5/23/2019

CONGRESS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump won’t release White House visitor logs, he refuses to hand over his tax returns, he made staffers sign non-disclosure agreements and he’s balking at congressional investigators. Yet during a Rose Garden speech on Wednesday [5-22-19], he again proclaimed himself ‘the most transparent president’ in U.S. history, adding to the reporters gathered before him, ‘I think most of you would agree.”’ It may be true that Trump reveals more of his personal thoughts and emotions than any of his predecessors. But by most other measures of presidential transparency, including the congressional oversight at issue during his White House appearance Wednesday, Trump operates behind dark-tinted windows. The end to White House visitor logs, a way for the public to see who is getting direct access to the most powerful man in America, is a break from Obama administration practice. He’s the first president in decades not to release his tax returns. No modern White House has held as few daily press briefings as Trump’s, a ritual his Pentagon and State Department have also largely phased out. And while many presidents have battled Congressional oversight requests, Trump has dismissed the queries of House Democrats as illegitimate partisan inquests.”

Andrew Restuccia, “Trump’s ‘most transparent president’ claim looks cloudy,” Politico, May 23, 2019 6:45 pm

25,176. 5/22/2019

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/NANCY PELOSI/STEVE MNUCHIN/TREASURY/TRUMP TAXES: “It was another wild day in Washington as President Trump stormed out of a three-minute Oval Office meeting with Democratic congressional leaders, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president of a ‘cover-up’ and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held firm on his refusal to release Mr. Trump’s tax returns to Congress. But Democrats made some headway. In a victory for Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department agreed to release some documents related to the Mueller report. And in New York, state lawmakers passed a bill that would give Congress a path to obtain Mr. Trump’s state tax returns. That was all before noon. Check back later for more. As Democrats weigh impeachment, Ms. Pelosi accused the president of ‘a cover-up.’ Later, Mr. Trump abruptly ended a meeting — three minutes in — with her and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.”

NYT Staff, “Trump’s Battles: Today’s State of Play,” The New York Times online, May 22, 2019