Kaplan Hecker and Fink Files Amicus Brief Explaining Standing for House to Seek Trump Tax Returns

By: 
Joshua Matz
Published on:
September 20th, 2019

On behalf of leading constitutional scholars, Joshua Matz of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP – along with Harvard Law Professor Laurence H Tribe – filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia explaining why the House Ways & Means Committee has standing to maintain its lawsuit seeking access to President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns. As they explain in the amicus brief, “The Committee suffers informational injury when the Executive Branch denies information to which it is entitled by statute. It suffers institutional injury when its ability to legislate responsibly is directly undercut by defiance of its subpoenas. Either injury alone would support standing. But here, both injuries entangle with and amplify each other. Together, they form a double helix that anchors the Committee’s right to seek judicial redress.”

This amicus brief was filed on behalf of Professors Lee Bollinger, Mike Dorf, Walter Dellinger, Pamela S. Karlan, Harold Hongju Koh, Norm Ornstein, Leah Litman, Judith Resnik, Geoffrey Stone, and David Strauss. The case is Ways & Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives v. Department of the Treasury et al., No. 1:19-cv-1974 (McFadden, J.).

Read the Amicus Brief here.