New York passes Bill gives Congress a way to get Trump's tax returns


Lawmakers have taken steps to protect the bill against legal challenges, changing the wording to include a series of government officials, federal executive employees, and political party leaders.

According to the law, the Commissioner would be from the New York Department of Taxation and Finance allowed return to the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation for each & # 39; specified and legitimate legislative purpose & # 39 ;.

The passage of the tax law is only the last action in Albany aimed at Mr. Trump, who is very unpopular in his home state.

On Tuesday, the Assembly approved a bill that would allow prosecutors to file charges against any person who received a presidential grace at similar federal accusations, undoing a loophole in the face of concerns about Mr. Trump abusing his grace power to compensate former employees. The senate had previously taken the bill to close the so-called double-risk loophole, and it also has support from Mr. Cuomo.

State Senator Brad Hoylman, the sponsor of the tax law, said he foresaw the bill as a way to support Congress supervision in a time of "White House obstruction." Indeed, when the law was first introduced in April, New York representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it would make the work of the federal committee "a little easier to see the complete picture "

During his campaign for the President in 2016, Mr. Trump broke a precedent – and set it his own – by refusing to release his tax returns, citing what he said was pending federal audits. There is no law preventing taxpayers from releasing their proceeds under such circumstances.

More recently, the House Ways and Means Committee has been looking for six years of the President's personal and business tax returns, a request that has also been left unfulfilled by Mr. Trump or the White House. The finance ministry said last week that it would not honor taking the oath of the congress to transfer the return of the president because the request had a & # 39; legitimate legislative goal & # 39; was missing, although a leaked draft memorandum from the I.R.S. suggested that such a logic was incorrect.