Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

State Legislature poised to pass measure giving Congress access to Trump's taxes

State Legislature poised to pass measure giving Congress access to Trump's taxes

The pressure is mounting for a long-awaited look at President Donald Trump's financial records and on Wednesday, lawmakers in NY passed legislation potentially allowing the president's state tax returns to be released to Congress. The bill now heads to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has repeatedly argued he won't cooperate with a congressional subpoena requesting at least six years of Trump's tax returns because the request "lacks a legitimate legislative objective". The state Senate voted along party lines to approve the bill earlier this month.

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.

The bill requires the redaction of federal return information, limiting its immediate usefulness to the House Ways and Means Committee, which has requested Trump's federal returns.

"Senate and Assembly Democrats have wasted weeks on their singular obsession with getting a peek at President Trump's taxes, and in that time they've done absolutely nothing to help hardworking, middle-class taxpayers struggling to provide for their families and make ends meet", he said.

"Donald Trump and his administration are doing everything they can to hide the truth about his finances and massive conflicts of interest by illegally blocking Congress from obtaining his tax returns", said Stand Up America.

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The bill is clearly aimed at any individuals pardoned by Trump.

This month, the US Treasury refused to hand over the documents to lawmakers, defying a congressional subpoena.

Much of the information on Mr. Trump's state returns would mirror the information included on a federal return, giving the Democrats a potential end run around the IRS if they wished to take it.

"The rule of law is a core pillar of our nation's democracy, and my primary role is to uphold it and ensure that no one is above it", James said in a statement regarding the legislative measure.

"Donald Trump and his administration are doing everything they can to hide the truth about his finances and massive conflicts of interest by illegally blocking Congress from obtaining his tax returns", Stand Up America, a progressive advocacy group, said in a statement Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has threatened to go to court to get the administration to comply.

The current "double jeopardy" clause protects individuals from being prosecuted for similar charges at the state level after being pardoned by the president for federal offenses.

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