GOP scoffs at law allowing release of Trump's state taxes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing the Red Flag bill also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill in New York

Andrew Cuomo signs bill allowing release of Trump taxes

Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would give key members of Congress the ability to request President Donald Trump's state tax returns.

According to CNN reporter Lauren Fox, Neal's position did not change after Cuomo signed the TRUST Act, which gives the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation access to the president's state tax records.

Democrats have said they have the authority to seek Trump's tax returns, citing the century-old IRS code 6103 that stipulates when the Ways and Means Committee requests an individual's tax returns, the agency "shall furnish" them.

"New York has provided Congress a new route for getting answers on behalf of the American people - and all they have to do is ask", Ryan Thomas, a spokesman for the organization, said in a statement.

Utilizing the NY law could complicate the battle the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee has already been waging in court to obtain six years of the President's personal and business federal tax returns. "Consistent with this tradition, New York State now stands ready to assist Congress, including as it challenges the Trump administration's refusal to provide the president's tax returns", said David Buchwald, a state assemblyman who spearheaded the new law.

Neal's lawsuit to get the tax returns could drag on for months if not years, potentially pushing any release of the tax returns beyond the 2020 presidential election.

"It's a great day for transparency in government, and I thank my colleagues in the State Assembly and Senate and the governor for backing this law that supports our fellow lawmakers in Washington in their important oversight role", said Buchwald, whose 93rd district represents Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and White Plains.

The department affirmed Mnuchin's assertation on June 14, saying because Neal had wanted to make the president's tax returns public, the request would not carry out a legitimate legislative function.

Neal has issued subpoenas for six years of Trump's tax documents, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has so far resisted, saying Congress' request "lacks a legitimate legislative objective".

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