Democrats introduce Trump tax return bill

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New York Democrats have introduced a bill that would force the state to release five years’ of President Trump’s state tax returns.

According to The Associated Press, the bill applies to any president or vice president who files a New York state tax return. Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state’s attorney general, and New York’s two U.S. senators would also have to abide by the law.

“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.” Although the bill will likely pass through the Democratic-controlled New York Assembly, the AP suggests chances are slim for it to be considered by the state Senate, held by Republicans.

Since the start of his campaign, Trump has not been willing to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit. According to the IRS, an audit does not prevent people from releasing their tax returns.

According to The Hill, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently claimed Trump has “no intention” of releasing his tax returns, but Trump said he has never even discussed the matter with Mnuchin.

“I never spoke to him about it. Honestly, he’s never asked me about it,” Trump said on  CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.

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