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

President Donald Trump speaks at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey on Sunday

Some members of Congress can access President Donald Trump's New York state tax returns after New York Gov.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to a tax law that would require the commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance to share state income tax returns and reports when certain congressional committees request them.

USA congressional Democrats have pushed for the release of Trump's tax returns since he took office.

"In refusing to comply with the statute, Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation's voluntary tax system", the lawsuit argues.

"We will respond to this as appropriate", he said in a statement.

Congressional Democrats have been working feverishly to obtain President Trump's tax returns. "We as New Yorkers can step into that breach and help solve this problem".

Despite the law, Neal has said he would not request the NY state returns, because his inquiry is focused on how the IRS routinely audits presidents and vice presidents.

Trump has declined to make public his tax returns, in contrast to a number of former presidents.

As Common Dreams reported in June, Neal has indicated he has no plans to ask for Trump's state tax returns, sparking outrage from grassroots groups pushing Democrats to use every tool at their disposal to hold the president accountable. While the committee has jurisdiction over federal tax laws, state tax laws mostly fall to the House Judiciary Committee.

"Today, New York reaffirmed its commitment to the idea that no individual is above the rule of law", said Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal.

Neal's reluctance to use the NY law is likely to set up a clash with progressives who have criticized the Massachusetts Democrat for not moving more quickly to obtain the tax returns.

For too long, the Trump administration has tried to hide Trump's conflicts of interest by illegally blocking the release of his tax returns.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) speaks with Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal, prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 14, 2019.

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 goal".

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