New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports a legislative effort to gain President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
Cuomo’s senior adviser Richard Azzopardi told The New York Times, “As long as it applies to everybody, we support it.”
Democrats have demanded Trump release his tax returns for years, starting when he was a presidential candidate in 2015. The president claims his returns are under audit and so he will not make them public.
A new piece of legislation in the New York Senate would grant the New York Department of Taxation and Finance the authority to make any tax return public under certain conditions.
“This proposal authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance to furnish state tax return or return information upon written request of the chairperson of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation,” the bill reads.
The tax returns, the bill states, must be requested for a “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”
Democrats have launched a wide-ranging investigation into Trump’s background and are demanding to see an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller found neither Trump nor his campaign conspired with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton.
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