On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York officially signed a bill to allow congressional committees to access Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
The new bill requires state tax officials to release Trump’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the request of the chair of one of these three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
The bill takes effect immediately, however, it is unclear if the Trump administration will challenge the bill.
Trump’s state income taxes should contain much of the same information as to his federal returns.
Democrats in Washington have repeatedly attempted to get their hands on Trump’s federal tax returns to no avail. Last week the House of Representatives sued the Treasury Department and the IRS to try and force the release of Trump’s taxes.
Gov. Cuomo, a long- time critic of Donald Trump said that by signing the bill it will help Congress “fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.”
The Legislature passed the measure back in May. Reportedly, the six-week delay in signing the bill was caused by the governor’s office’s need to do a diligent analysis of the legislation and its amendments.
“Any responsible government would thoroughly review this bill, just as we will with more than 930 bills passed this session,” Ms. Lever said, noting “how high the stakes are of this particular legislation.”
Donald Trump turned to Twitter earlier this week to attack Gov. Cuomo as well as the state attorney general, Letitia James. Without mentioning Ms. James’ name, Trump wrote that 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.”
James’s office is currently investigating the financing behind several major Trump Organization projects. She has also issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank.
After Trump’s Twitter tirade, Cuomo responded with, “If he is worried about law enforcement, he shouldn’t break the law.”
On Wednesday, Cuomo publicly called for a probe into the Trump administration’s handling of relief efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Cuomo blamed the island’s slow recovery on “President Trump’s neglect and refusal to provide adequate assistance.”
Cuomo is now pushing forward to pave a path that will give Congress a way to obtain Trump’s state tax returns. The White House has yet to respond to the new bill.