The New York State Senate is going to pass a bill that would allow Congress to see Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
New York Is Going To Give Congress Access To Trump’s Tax Returns
State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, confirmed on Tuesday that the State Senate has enough votes to ensure passage of a bill allowing the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release any state tax return requested by a leader of one of three congressional committees for any “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.”
A tax return from New York — where the president has the headquarters of his business empire and a home in Trump Tower — could contain much of the same financial information as a federal return, which Mr. Trump has steadfastly refused to release.
On April 11, Holyman told CBSN, “We’re not suggesting that the tax returns of any New Yorker be made public. We’re providing them to Congress at their request under their mandate to be the check on the Executive and perform their important oversight responsibilities.”
There is nothing Trump can do to stop the New York bill
Trump can’t stop the legislature from passing the bill, or Gov. Cuomo from signing it. The bill is narrowly written so that only the tax returns of the president are available upon the request of Congress as part of their oversight responsibilities, which negates one of Fox News’s favorite defenses for keeping Trump’s tax returns hidden.
One way or another, Democrats are going to get access to Trump’s financial information. The presidency is powerful, but it is not all powerful. Donald Trump can lie and stall, but he can’t keep his secrets and potential crimes hidden forever.
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