The Latest on the New York state Senate voting to allow congressional investigators to access President Donald Trump’s state tax returns (all times local):
Members of the New York state Senate have approved legislation designed to ensure that a presidential pardon doesn’t cover similar criminal charges filed at the state level.
The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Wednesday. It was crafted to eliminate an unintended loophole in the state’s double jeopardy law that prosecutors say could undermine the state’s ability to prosecute anyone pardoned by President Donald Trump.
New York Attorney General Letitia James had sought the legal tweak. Supporters said it is necessary to ensure that state and local investigations into Trump and his associates aren’t impacted if Trump uses his power to pardon.
The state Assembly has not scheduled a vote on the bill.
New York’s senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
New York’s senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose the president’s federal returns.
The bill up for a vote Wednesday would authorize state tax officials to release returns filed by seven different types of state and federal officeholders if requested by three congressional committees.
It would apply to returns filed by the U.S. president and vice president, U.S. senators, or the state’s governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or comptroller.
The measure isn’t scheduled for a vote yet in the state Assembly.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined to disclose Trump’s federal returns to the Democratic-controlled House, saying the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”