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Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Release Of Trump’s State Tax Returns

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 9:42 am

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From the New York Times:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill on Monday to allow congressional committees to access the president’s state tax returns.

The bill requires state tax officials to release the president’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the request of the chair of one of three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

It is effective immediately, though it is unclear whether it would be challenged by the Trump administration, or used by the congressional committees; the Ways and Means Committee, for instance, has said previously that it remains focused on pursuing Mr. Trump’s federal tax information.

Still, the state tax documents from New York — the president’s home state and business headquarters — would likely contain much of the same information as the contested federal returns, tax experts say.

Just last week, the President went after both Cuomo and NY attorney general, Letitia James:

Without mentioning Ms. James by name, the president said she was “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”

Ms. James’s office is investigating the financing behind several major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, and has issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank.

After Mr. Trump’s tirade, Mr. Cuomo responded, “If he is worried about law enforcement, he shouldn’t break the law.”

Responding to accusations made by Republicans that this is an invasion of privacy, Cuomo said in a statement:

Mr. Cuomo agreed that “tax secrecy is paramount,” with, however, “the exception being for bona fide investigative and law enforcement purposes.”

The White House has not publicly responded to this latest development, and President Trump hasn’t tweeted about it. Yet.


1 Comment »

  1. And leftists will cheer the abuse of government power and extortion levied against a citizen without due process or just cause.

    Comment by Sean — 7/8/2019 @ 2:45 pm

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