New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed an amendment to New York law that would allow Congress the ability to obtain President Trump’s New York state tax returns.
“This bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Under the New York law, which takes effect Monday, the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation can request federal, state and local officials’ state income tax returns from the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.
The Hill notes: “The state tax returns have to be requested in relation to a legitimate task of Congress, and lawmakers can only request them if they’ve requested related federal tax returns from the U.S. Treasury Department. Information in state tax returns that would violate federal or state law if disclosed, and certain personal information such as Social Security numbers would be redacted.”
Should a congressional committee decide to utilize the law, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told CNN Monday the administration would push back.
“This is more Presidential harassment. We will respond to this as appropriate,” he said.
The bill signing comes days after the House Ways and Means Committee filed a lawsuit in order to obtain Trump’s federal tax returns from 2013 to 2018.
Committee chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said he wants to examine Trump’s federal tax returns because the House panel is interested in oversight and legislation related to how the IRS audits presidents.
“The difficulty is that we don’t have control over state taxes,” he told reporters in May.