Escalating the messy and protracted battle over his , President filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the House Ways and Means Committee and state officials in an attempt to keep his state tax returns from becoming public.

The , filed by Trump’s personal lawyers in federal court in Washington, seeks to block a freshly enacted New York law that allows three congressional committees, including Ways and Means, to procure his state tax returns. The suit claims New York’s , signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) earlier this month, is unconstitutional and was passed with the express purpose of causing political damage to Trump.

The Ways and Means Committee, the lawsuit contends, lacks a “legitimate legislative purpose” to request Trump’s tax

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