Judge Andrew Napolitano said the state of New York cannot go after President Trump’s tax returns “based on hatred.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano said New York officials cannot go after President Trump’s tax returns “based on hatred.”
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, which was broadcasting live from the USS New York, Napolitano weighed in on the constitutionality of a new law, which could lead to the release of the president’s state taxes.
The New York legislation would lift an existing state restriction on revealing an individual’s tax returns. It says the state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance shall release those returns if requested by the House Ways and Means Committee, Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Taxation.
Earlier versions of bills in the New York State Senate and Assembly allowed for the request of any New Yorker’s tax returns, but on Wednesday, amendments passed that narrowed the scope to tax returns of certain officials including the president, vice president, members of Congress representing New York, and others.
If Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law, Congress would be able to request someone’s individual’s tax returns from any year, as well as business tax returns for entities in which they have at least a 10 percent voting share.
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