NY governor signs bill allowing release of president's state tax returns

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2019

The top U.S. House of Representatives Democrat for tax policy suggested on Tuesday that a newly minted NY law giving Congress access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns may not be relevant to his own efforts to obtain the president's federal records.

"This bill gives Congress the ability to fulfil its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system, and ensure that no one is above the law", Mr Cuomo, a Democrat who has positioned himself as a leading anti-Trump voice, said in a statement.

The new law could give Congress a way around the Republican president's refusal to release his returns, though it's expected to face legal challenges.

Despite accusations from Republican lawmakers that NY state's new law is politically motivated and unconstitutional, the bill's sponsors claim they aren't personally targeting President Trump.

Trump, in refusing to release his tax returns as a major-party candidate, bucked decades of tradition.

Any information that would violate state or federal law would be redacted.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) speaks with Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal, prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 14, 2019.

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In order for New York State to play a role, an official would have had to file a state return, he said.

Other lawmakers were eager to use the new law to get any tax information on Trump they could, with some saying Neal might be persuaded to change his mind.

Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, however, has signaled that he may not be interested.

"I am confident that the courts will recognize that New York State has the full authority when it comes to New York State tax returns", Buchwald said.

"We will respond to this as appropriate", he said in a statement. Trump has spoken about the possibility of pardoning those accused or convicted of crimes stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. While the committee has jurisdiction over federal tax laws, state tax laws mostly fall to the House Judiciary Committee.

The Trump administration contends that Neal's committee, despite its jurisdiction over USA tax policy, has no legitimate legislative objective for reviewing Trump's tax returns. Mnuchin has said he wants the courts to handle the matter, arguing that Neal's request "lacks a legitimate legislative goal", and he has argued that Democrats are "weaponizing" the IRS.

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