Donald Trump is now facing more legal demands for his tax returns. The president has yet to release his returns, even after promising the American people that he would during his campaign.
The lawsuit comes from protesters who say they were roughed up at Trump’s instigation at a campaign rally last year.
According to one of the protestors lawyer, Greg Belzley,
“We want to know where his money is going and where it’s coming from. What are his connections with the hate groups that regularly attended his rallies? What security did he have? Did they make any arrangements? Does he have the money to pay a jury verdict in this case?”
According to Belzley, the point of the lawsuit is to show that punitive damages tied to Trump’s income and worth may be appropriate to make sure Trump doesn’t do anything similar in the future.
“What is it going to take to get [Trump’s] attention?” Belzley asked. “The jury should be given the opportunity to decide what they need to do to deter the wrongful conduct and prevent it from happening again.”
“From the moment Plaintiffs filed their Complaint, it has been clear that their primary objective has been to use the court system and the discovery process to inflict maximum political damage on President Trump,” Trump’s attorneys wrote. They dismissed as “clearly irrelevant” the request for the tax returns and another request for the identities “of all medical providers from whom Trump has sought or received any psychological and/or psychiatric and/or mental health treatment or counseling.”
This is not the only lawsuit Trump has been hit with that demands the release of his tax returns.
According to Politico:
“Trump’s lawyers are also trying to a block a demand that he sit for a deposition in the case. That request is pending before U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, an appointee of President Barack Obama.
“The Kentucky case is one of at least five pending lawsuits in which plaintiffs have publicly indicated a desire to obtain Trump’s tax filings.”
But, even if a judge orders to see Trump’s tax returns, it does not guarantee they will be made public.