NY governor signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns

NY governor signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Image via Pat Arnow / Flickr.

The next Oval Office tweet storm is about to begin. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday morning allowing members of Congress access to Trump's New York state tax returns.

The bill requires state officials to release the returns of any public official at the request of "congressional tax-related committees" that have cited "specified and legitimate legislative purpose" in seeking them. In a statement, Cuomo said "this bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law."

The new law encompasses both individual tax returns and "entities those people control or have a large stake in," say, for instance, the Trump Organization. The one holdup is that Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, the only Democrat who is entitled to get them right now as the head of the Ways and Means Committee, has said he doesn't want them, believing that getting the state tax returns will undercut his legal argument for getting Trump's federal returns in a suit filed just last week.

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