New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill Monday that allows congressional Democrats to have access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
According to the New York Post, the new law will grant permission to the state Department of Taxation and Finance to release Trump’s tax returns with a written request made by one of the three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The requests can only be approved if they are “for a specified and legitimate legislative purpose.
“By amending the law enforcement exception in New York State tax code to include Congressional tax-related committees, this bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.”
Additionally, the new law only includes the filings of President Trump and other elected officials, congressional committees will not have access to private citizen filings.
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Congressional committees cannot request information that will violate federal or state laws such as social security numbers or personal addresses. Republicans state that Cuomo’s actions are just a political ploy and Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, called the bill “Presidential harassment.”
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“This is more Presidential harassment. We will respond to this as appropriate,”
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