Westchester assemblyman pens law enabling Congress to get president's state tax returns

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The tax return battle is not letting up as President Donald Trump continues fighting a new state law that requires elected officials to release their state tax returns.

State Assemblyman David Buchwald helped write the Trust Act, a new state law enabling Congress to obtain Trump's New York tax return.

The president is currently suing New York state to block that law, but other jurisdictions are after the tax returns as well.

A federal judge granted the Manhattan district attorney access to Trump's tax returns as part of its investigation of the Trump Organization's involvement in buying the silence of two women who claimed to have had affairs with the president.

That decision was later stalled by a federal appeals court judge.

Buchwald, a Democrat, insists he's on the front lines of this fight not for partisan reasons but because he believes no man -- not even the president -- is above the law.

"I believe that transparent government is the best government," said Buchwald.

California recently enacted a law requiring presidential candidates to supply their tax return to appear on the ballot, but a federal judge blocked the law, calling it a dangerous precedent.

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