US President Donald Trump gestures from Air Force One upon his arrival in Marietta, Georgia [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

A United States federal judge on Monday dismissed New York’s attorney general and state tax commissioner as defendants in President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block a House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns.

US District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington, DC said he lacked jurisdiction over Letitia James, the attorney general, and Michael Schmidt, commissioner of the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance. The dismissal was without prejudice.

Nichols said Trump could sue the New York officials in that state.

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