According to Courthouse News, the state of New York may give Congress access to President Trump’s tax returns. This comes in reaction to Trump’s use of executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report.
“The fact is that President Trump is taking this country in a very dangerous path,” said Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens).
Noting the opposition that Republicans have demonstrated, Gianaris adds, “They think they’re protecting President Trump.” He continued ,“They want to go after criminals, but not when it’s someone in this administration.” New York Republicans say the bill is a threat to freedom.
New York state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that blocks the “double-jeopardy loophole.” The loophole allowed presidential pardons to prevent prosecution by a separate sovereign. Both the double-jeopardy bill and the tax bill passed.
“Today, we are sending a message that no one is above the law,” said Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic majority leader of the New York Senate. Democrats, who have a majority in the legislature, agreed.
Legislators titled their conference “New York State Senate Democratic Majority Stands Up to President Trump.”
The bill would let state tax officials release returns filed by seven different state and federal officeholder types if the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation requested it.
Before becoming a law, the Assembly must approve the bill.
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