New York’s attorney general is suing the Treasury Department and the IRS

New York Attorney General Letitia James would like to have a word with the Treasury Department.

James on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Treasury and its subsidiary, the Internal Revenue Service, for failing to comply with her office’s requests for records about recent rule changes within the organization.


We’ve filed a lawsuit against the Trump Treasury Department & IRS for failing to respond to records requests as required by law.The agency eliminated donor disclosure requirements for tax-exempt groups & refuses to comply w/the law to explain the rationale for these changes.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 6, 2019


James said in a statement that she depends on donor disclosure forms to “adequately” oversee the operations of non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in New York. “No one is above the law,” James said. “Not even the federal government — and we will use every tool to ensure they comply with these regulations to provide transparency and accountability.”

Even before taking office, James made it clear she was going to aggressively pursue legal action against President Trump’s business dealings and policies, The Hill reports. This particular action falls in the latter category — the Trump administration argues that the rule change protects taxpayers’ privacy and helps prevent them from being targeted for their political beliefs. But those opposed to the measure believe it allows space for foreign governments to influence U.S. politics, The Hill reports.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed the suit alongside James.

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