By Casey Anthony and Casey Anthony/ABC News article The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit claiming the Internal Revenue Service has violated its First Amendment rights by demanding documents related to the 2016 presidential election, including voter data.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, also alleges the Trump Campaign has violated a federal election law by refusing to produce voter registration forms and other documents requested by the IRS.
The Trump campaign said in the lawsuit it “believes the IRS has the power to demand the requested information,” but the campaign said it has “no interest” in complying.
In its filing, the Trump White House called the IRS a “government agency whose primary function is to collect taxes.”
The Trump administration is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees from the IRS, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit is seeking to “make clear to the public that the IRS is not entitled to demand taxpayer information, and that the government has a constitutional right to withhold tax information, including tax information that is not required for tax collection.”
In the complaint, the campaign says the IRS was acting in violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which bars the IRS from seeking or obtaining any information pertaining to a political campaign or political party or candidate.
The IRS is also required to “obtain, before the completion of a campaign or any campaign committee’s activities, the name and mailing address of each individual who files a complaint, and the number of complaints filed,” the complaint states.
The complaint asks the court to enjoin the IRS “from further targeting political candidates or parties with its intrusive inquiries and from further requiring the Trump, Clinton, or any other candidate or party to respond to the IRS in a manner that burdens the taxpayer’s right to participate in the political process.”
It also asks the courts to “direct the IRS to stop harassing taxpayers for filing complaints.”
The IRS has not responded to ABC News’ requests for comment.
In addition to the lawsuit, the White House filed a letter on Tuesday from its lawyer, John Burris, to a federal judge seeking the removal of the IRS election division, the Republican National Committee, and Hillary Clinton.
The letter was obtained by ABC News and was sent to U.s.
District Judge Emmet Sullivan.
The White House said it is “working to find a way to resolve the litigation as quickly as possible.”
Burris did not immediately respond to ABC news’ requests to comment on the letter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.