New York State Senate Passes Bill to Make Trump's Tax Returns Available to Congress
Dreams of obtaining President Donald Trump’s tax returns may be a bit closer for House Democrats—the New York state Senate passed a bill Wednesday clearing the way for their release by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.
The TRUST Act passed the state senate by a 39 to 21 vote and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has said he will sign it. The bill goes to the state Assembly for discussion and a vote Monday.
In a statement, advocacy group Stand Up America said it hoped that the assembly passes the bill quickly.
“Now that it has passed the Senate, it’s time for the Assembly to immediately act and make this bill law,” the group said. “We urge Assembly members to send this bill to Governor Cuomo’s desk and ensure that Donald Trump’s numerous conflicts of interest come to light.”
Per NBC, the legislation would allow the state to release Trump’s—or anyone’s—state tax returns to federal investigators if there’s a legitimate reason.
The law also states that in order to obtain the records, investigators must exhaust efforts with the Treasury Department. It’s a clear rebuke of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who said May 6 he is refusing to turn over the president’s tax returns to Congress.
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