New York State Legislature Votes to Make Trump Tax Returns Available

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

New York state’s legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for U.S. congressional committees investigating President Donald Trump to get access to his state tax returns.

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly and Senate voted along party lines on the measure, which would circumvent his refusal to hand over his federal tax returns to Congress.

New York Republicans who opposed the bill called it an abuse of power that fed into the political designs of Democrats in Washington, the Albany Times-Union reported. It now goes to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval.

Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition of U.S. presidents making their personal finances public to demonstrate that they have no conflicts of interest.

Although the bill does not name Trump, it allows the state Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with a congressional committee that requests it. Much of the information submitted in New York state tax returns is similar to that on federal forms.

Trump and Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives are locked in a battle over their ability to investigate him.

The president is stonewalling multiple congressional investigations by ignoring subpoenas, refusing to allow current and former advisers to testify, and not handing over documents.

For example the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee requested Trump’s federal tax returns by subpoena but the request was denied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Trump’s personal home and the headquarters for his business are in New York, requiring him to file state tax returns in addition to his federal returns.

“New York has a unique role to help head off the constitutional crisis brewing between Congress and the White House over refusal to comply with the request for Donald Trump’s tax returns,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senator Brad Hoylman, according to the Times-Union. “We are affirming Congress’ role as a co-equal branch of government and the sacred constitutional principle that nobody is above the law, not even the highest elected official in the land.”

In comments to reporters on Wednesday, Trump criticized Democrats for continuing their wide-ranging follow-up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump said, responding to a charge made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just moments ago.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the New York legislation.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Kilr
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Kilr

Trump’s lawyers probably already have the lawsuit drawn up and ready to file. There is NO legitimate reason for the state to target the President except politics.

Eatshit Anddie
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Eatshit Anddie

Start with the corrupt Cuomo Sr., than, continue down the line. Cuomo the Corrupt II, Bloomberg the self appointed Mayor of the USA, when I didn’t it was possible to go lowest De Blasio and now go down to the depths of hell Alexandria Kotex. NY has proven to be too ignorant and unethical to be allowed to vote.

Peg Nop
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Peg Nop

Make all legislators in New York provide their tax returns for the past 15 years.

Trudy
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Trudy

Since The NY Times recently led with a story on trump’s finance, I suspect individuals in NYS dept of finance or NYC Tax office divulged trump returns already. This “law” may be a coverup to CYA. I doubt the law will stand but there will be a time gap between the law’s signing to the injunction where they will ‘release’. It’s really quite diabolical and an brazen, ugly abuse of power.

Jule Ray Westcott
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Jule Ray Westcott

I called some one a tattle tale on face book and FB banned me for 3 days. FB needs broken up. They have been lying to congress for yrs

Willie Horton
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The constitutional crisis is the democrats, beginning with obama, attempting a coup against the lawfully elected POTUS. There are many that will end up in federal prison. I only wish the death penalty applied.

Sherri
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The Dems didn’t learn with judge appointments…..boomerang effect.

Sean
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This is outrageous. No citizen should be forced to release his/her tax returns without a criminal investigation taking place. There is not a single person who is claiming that anything criminal is begin investigated, in fact Congress can’t investigate crimes, that’s the role of the executive branch. All the Dems are doing is trying to dig up whatever dirt they can use to make him look bad and even if his returns are spotless they’ll find some way to spin them into something negative for political advantage. This is pure strong-arm Chicago politics and it wont be soon enough until… Read more »

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