(WBNG/AP) — There’s a pending investigation into President Donald Trump in New York after a federal judge ruled monday he would have to release his tax returns for the past eight years.
The president’s legal team quickly appealed and blocked the order.
In the 75 page ruling, the judge rejected President Trump’s lawyers’ claim that the president cannot be investigated while in office.
Investigators are working to determine whether the Trump organization violated New York state laws after reports of alleged hush money payments during the 2016 campaign.
The president fired back on Twitter calling the ruling unprecedented.
Local lawmakers in the Southern Tier are reacting. Some in support of Trump, others agreeing with the judge’s ruling.
“When you have a past precedent of every president in modern history releasing their tax returns there’s no reason why this president and future presidents should not be held to the same standard,” said Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi.
Republican Congressman Tom Reed is defending the president. He said in a statement to 12 news:
“Weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens Americans’ privacy rights. If the Democrats are serious about increasing transparency about the business interests of people running for office we should work together to increase the transparency of financial disclosure forms candidates file.”