NY Dems introduce bill to force release of Trump's state tax returns: report

NY Dems introduce bill to force release of Trump's state tax returns: report

Democrats in the New York legislature have introduced a bill that would require the state to release five years of President Trump’s state tax returns, according to The Associated Press

The bill would apply to any president or vice president who files a New York state tax return, which would include Trump, the news service reported. The bill would also apply to top state politicians like Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the attorney general, as well as New York’s two U.S. senators.

New York Democrats say the bill is a chance to force Trump to release more tax information than he previously has.

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"This is drawing a line in the sand: Are you for transparency or not?" Sen. Brad Hoylman (D) of Manhattan told the AP. "This is an issue of national security."

The Democratic-controlled New York Assembly will likely support the bill, but it faces longer odds in the state Senate, which is held by Republicans, the AP noted.

Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit. The IRS has said that an audit does not prevent people from releasing their tax returns. 

Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump has “no intention” of releasing his tax returns. 

But during an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Trump said he hadn’t spoken with Mnuchin about releasing his returns.

"I never spoke to him about it. Honestly, he's never asked me about it," Trump said.