New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday, which gives Congress access to president’s tax returns, reported The New York Times.
The bill comes amid the battle over US President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Under the new bill, state tax authorities must release the records on the request of congressional committee chairmen and for any “specified and legitimate purpose.” Previously, Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, had said that the congressional request to turn over President Trump’s tax returns “lacks legitimate legislative purpose.”
The bill signed Monday is already effective, yet it may be challenged by the White House.
Cuomo, who is a Democrat, stated that the bill would allow Congress to “fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.”
Last week President Trump blasted Gov. Cuomo and New York Attorney General Letitia James and said that the two were trying to make him “look as bad as possible.”
It is yet unclear whether Congress would actually take advantage of the signed bill, as they are seeking for president’s federal tax returns.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website