New York state legislature votes to make Trump tax returns available

  
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New York state legislature votes to make Trump tax returns available

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New York state legislature votes to make Trump tax returns available



973af590-e89a-11e6-b294-9bc8096ac008_reu   Reuters   Wed, May 22 3:59 PM EDT  






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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for U.S. congressional committees investigating President Donald Trump to get access to his state tax returns.

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly and Senate voted along party lines on the measure, which would circumvent his refusal to hand over his federal tax returns to Congress.

New York Republicans who opposed the bill called it an abuse of power that fed into the political designs of Democrats in Washington, the Albany Times-Union reported. It now goes to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval.

Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition of U.S. presidents making their personal finances public to demonstrate that they have no conflicts of interest.

Although the bill does not name Trump, it allows the state Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with a congressional committee that requests it. Much of the information submitted in New York state tax returns is similar to that on federal forms.

Trump and Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives are locked in a battle over their ability to investigate him.

The president is stonewalling multiple congressional investigations by ignoring subpoenas, refusing to allow current and former advisers to testify, and not handing over documents.

For example the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee requested Trump's federal tax returns by subpoena but the request was denied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Trump's personal home and the headquarters for his business are in New York, requiring him to file state tax returns in addition to his federal returns.

"New York has a unique role to help head off the constitutional crisis brewing between Congress and the White House over refusal to comply with the request for Donald Trump's tax returns," said the bill's sponsor, Senator Brad Hoylman, according to the Times-Union. "We are affirming Congress' role as a co-equal branch of government and the sacred constitutional principle that nobody is above the law, not even the highest elected official in the land."

In comments to reporters on Wednesday, Trump criticized Democrats for continuing their wide-ranging follow-up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

"I don't do cover-ups," Trump said, responding to a charge made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just moments ago.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the New York legislation.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    4 months ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for U.S. congressional committees investigating President Donald Trump to get access to his state tax returns.

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly and Senate voted along party lines on the measure, which would circumvent his refusal to hand over his federal tax returns to Congress.

New York Republicans who opposed the bill called it an abuse of power that fed into the political designs of Democrats in Washington, the Albany Times-Union reported. It now goes to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval.

Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition of U.S. presidents making their personal finances public to demonstrate that they have no conflicts of interest.

Although the bill does not name Trump, it allows the state Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with a congressional committee that requests it. Much of the information submitted in New York state tax returns is similar to that on federal forms.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    4 months ago

Trump and Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives are locked in a battle over their ability to investigate him.

The president is stonewalling multiple congressional investigations by ignoring subpoenas, refusing to allow current and former advisers to testify, and not handing over documents.

For example the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee requested Trump's federal tax returns by subpoena but the request was denied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Trump's personal home and the headquarters for his business are in New York, requiring him to file state tax returns in addition to his federal returns.

"New York has a unique role to help head off the constitutional crisis brewing between Congress and the White House over refusal to comply with the request for Donald Trump's tax returns," said the bill's sponsor, Senator Brad Hoylman, according to the Times-Union. "We are affirming Congress' role as a co-equal branch of government and the sacred constitutional principle that nobody is above the law, not even the highest elected official in the land."

 
 
 
Greg Jones
3  Greg Jones    4 months ago

Constitutional crisis??   jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

So...somebody will file a lawsuit and it will be tied up in the courts for months. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

And nothing that those returns might contain will be worth the time and effort it took to gain access.

It certainly won't be impeachable, and simply make it look like the dems are simply trying to harass Trump.

Everything the left wing fools are doing now will come back to bite them in the butt, eventually.

 
 
 
lib50
3.1  lib50  replied to  Greg Jones @3    4 months ago

If that is the case, then why such an effort to keep it all secret?  Its not like all presidents don't release their returns.  Trump has massive conflicts of interest, and his top interest is always himself, and NOT the country.  If its all so copacetic,  why work so very hard to hide it all?  Sorry, but you just can't spin Trump/gop frenzy to keep the truth hidden from the public into anything but what it is.  Obstruction.  Because whatever he is hiding is far worse the felony of obstruction.  Likely his empire is built on lies and fraud.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Greg Jones @3    4 months ago
And nothing that those returns might contain will be worth the time and effort it took to gain access.

You know this how?  Have you seen them?

It certainly won't be impeachable, and simply make it look like the dems are simply trying to harass Trump.

See above reply....

Everything the left wing fools are doing now will come back to bite them in the butt, eventually.

Infrastructure bill, lowering drug prices, healthcare for all, and upholding the Constitution will come back to bite them in the butt?  Wow!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
3.2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2    4 months ago

Infrastructure bill, lowering drug prices, healthcare for all, and upholding the Constitution will come back to bite them in the butt?  Wow!

The Dems have shown no interest in doing any of those things. They're only objective appears to be getting rid of Trump.
Pelosi thinks she is wining the war of words, but she's not.
 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2.1    4 months ago
The Dems have shown no interest in doing any of those things.

Strange, they were just at a meeting to sign off on all of those.  The meeting that Trump walked out of after 3 minutes.

They're only objective appears to be getting rid of Trump.  Pelosi thinks she is wining the war of words, but she's not.
Have you not been paying attention to anything in the news??? 
Pelosi is getting heat because she is refusing to currently consider impeachment despite Trump's continued obstruction and flaunting the law.
Pelosi thinks she is wining the war of words, but she's not.
Seriously?  A 5 year old can beat Trump in a war of words.  Covfefe???
I also notice that you, once again, choose to ignore my questions to you about how you have obtained the information you are claiming.
 
 
 
epistte
3.2.3  epistte  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2.1    4 months ago
The Dems have shown no interest in doing any of those things. They're only objective appears to be getting rid of Trump.
Pelosi thinks she is wining the war of words, but she's not.

What are the GOP healthcare plan and their solution to high drug prices? Trump said in 2016 that he would have the very best healthcare plan as a replacement to the ACA but we haven't seen anything yet, except attempts to repeal the ACA. 

Where is his infrastructure plan and how does he plan to pay for it? 

 We were spying on the Russians and the Russians admitted that they were working with Trump to influence the 2016 election then should that information be ignored? 

Would you have ignored that same information hypothetically if it was Obama working with the Russians in 2008?

 
 
 
Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו
3.3  Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו  replied to  Greg Jones @3    4 months ago
And nothing that those returns might contain will be worth the time and effort it took to gain access.

Oh, then that explains why he's doing every stupid thing he can to keep them from going public, right?  That is either the pinnacle of wishful thinking or the most serious case of deliberate political blindness we've ever seen.  Shitbag's strategy seems to be to point to exactly where the dirt is every time he opens his filthy pie-hole and every dumbshit move he makes that reveals how guilty he must be.  Thus I am grateful for his "stable geniusness." 

 
 
 
Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו
3.4  Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו  replied to  Greg Jones @3    4 months ago
So...somebody will file a lawsuit and it will be tied up in the courts for months.

That does seem to be Shitbag's "strategery" but the courts seem to be determined to speed the process along.  But I wonder how brilliant Shitbag's strategy is to have this all coming to a boil and all his corruption being on full public display in the few months just before the next election.  

 
 
 
Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו
4  Atheist יוחנן בן אברהם אבינו    4 months ago

Shitbag can run but he can't hide.  His crimes are rapidly catching up to him and justice will be done despite (if not because) of his ham-handed efforts to keep from being lawfully investigated.  He practically confesses to them every time he opens his shit-filled mouth. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
5  seeder  Tessylo    4 months ago

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