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New York State lawmakers give Congress a new avenue to Trump’s tax returns

President Trump talks to reporters before leaving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will team up Wednesday to provide an update on the nation's opioid crisis during back-to-back speeches at conference in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

New York State lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that could give congressional investigators access to Donald Trump’s state tax returns.

The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will allow state tax officials to fulfill requests for information made by one of three congressional panels: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The chairs of each committee can seek the taxes of a variety of executive branch officials for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”

Trump’s state taxes, which would include returns from both his personal and business finances, would contain much of the same information as Trump’s federal tax return.

The New York State Assembly also passed a bill Tuesday that will allow state prosecutors to charge people who have been granted presidential pardons on federal charges with similar crimes at the state level. That legislation is also headed for Cuomo’s desk. 


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