Disappointed by Robert Mueller’s failure to prove President Trump’s perfidy, Democrats are focusing anew on Trump’s tax returns.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refuses to order the release of Trump’s federal returns to the House, saying that there is no legislative purpose, but a new effort to expose Trump’s tax history is afoot in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to sign a bill making its way through the Legislature that would submit any New Yorker’s state returns to Congress, on request from the chairs of any of three revenue-related committees.
“We are facing a constitutional showdown,” says state Sen. Brad Hoylman, the bill’s sponsor. “New York, as the home of the president’s state taxes, has a special responsibility to step into the breach.”
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy concurs, saying that “we can help hold the president accountable, and we will set future precedents for all elected officials, that neither you as a president nor your business interests are above the law.”
Seth Barron is an associate editor of City Journal and project director of the NYC Initiative at the Manhattan Institute.
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