Donald Trump’s lawyers are not happy that plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit are looking for evidence against Trump. They claim their opponents just want to embarrass Trump and that his tax returns and mental health information are “clearly irrelevant” to a lawsuit deciding if the president incited violence at his campaign rallies.
“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,” attorneys wrote in a court filing obtained by POLITICO. They also complained that the plaintiffs requested the names of “medical providers from whom Trump has sought or received any psychological and/or psychiatric and/or mental health treatment or counseling.”
According to protesters, Trump incited violence at a March 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky. Trump yelled, “Get ‘em out of here.” Now both sides are trying to argue if the president is responsible for any violence his words instigated. But the plaintiffs also want to demonstrate intent, and the tax returns can help with that.
“We want to know where his money is going and where it’s coming from,” said plaintiff attorney Greg Belzley, according to POLITICO. “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?”
Many groups are trying to get Trump’s tax returns and who want to know if he is mentally capable of being the commander-in-chief. If his lawyers are worried that these documents would embarrass Trump, they’re probably right—and so are the plaintiffs.
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