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Judge tosses Trump's lawsuit aimed at blocking Congress from his tax returns

Literally nothing is going right for President Trump in his ongoing tax battle.

Trump was handed another loss in his fight to block Congress from seeing his tax returns on Monday when a federal judge threw out his lawsuit regarding New York state. Trump had tried to preemptively stop Congress' Ways and Means Committee from seeing the returns after a New York law would've allowed them to do so, but the Washington, D.C. judge said it was the wrong place to do it, NBC News reports.

Earlier this year, New York passed a law mandating state tax officials release certain federal officials' tax returns if the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Taxation ask for them. The House committee hadn't moved to demand Trump's taxes, and yet the president still brought a lawsuit against the committee, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and the New York Department of Taxation ahead of time. But Trump didn't establish "personal jurisdiction over either of the New York defendants," nor did he allege a "conspiracy" that would've allowed him to sue the House, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols wrote in his ruling, so he opted to throw out the case.

Like she had with seemingly every other Trump loss, James celebrated Monday's ruling with a tweet affirming "no one is above the law." Kathryn Krawczyk