The State of New York, vs. Donald J. Trump.

Donald’s home State is leading the charge in exposing his questionable financial empire.

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It is a well documented fact that the Trump empire is a financial house of cards. The public interest in his shady business practices has dramatically increased after Trump vowed to block the congressional subpoena for his financial statements from Duetsche Bank and Capital One. The Trump administration has every intention of keeping the issue entangled in the courts until after the election. But it’s moving through the court system much quicker than they ever imagined, and Trump is beginning to show signs of panic.

Judge Ramos of the Southern District of New York was the second Judge to decide that the House has every right to subpoena Trump’s financial records. While this marks a major setback for the administration’s effort, they have no intention of backing down.

According to CNN:

“Ramos’ decision starts a one-week clock for Trump’s legal team to find a way to hold off the banks from handing over decades or more of extensive information about Trump, his businesses and his family members, including White House adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.”

This latest ruling coming from the Southern District of New York is even more interesting when we consider how the district has become the hub of the investigation in to Donald Trump’s questionable financial empire.

The magnitude of the investigation taking place in New York cannot be understated. A report by NBC highlights the fact that this district, made up of 220 Assistant U.S. attorneys, is used to high profile cases as one of the largest and most independent courts in the country. To get hired as an attorney in this district has been known to be an incredibly competitive effort, and attracts some of the best legal minds and lawyers in the country.

Now, the efforts in New York to bring an end to Trump’s financial facade have broadened even further.

According to Reuters, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would make it far easier for congress to obtain Trump’s state tax returns. The Reuters article goes on to state that:

“Although the bill does not name Trump, it allows the state Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with a congressional committee that requests it. Much of the information submitted in New York state tax returns is similar to that on federal forms.”

These actions on the part of the state legislature send a clear message: New York is not here to play any games.

The rapid escalation in the efforts to shine a light on financial practices that Trump is prepared to hide by any means necessary is fascinating to say the least. Trump is refusing to even negotiate drug prices unless the investigations stop, literally holding the American people hostage in a devastating, unprecedented fashion. He is also willing to be taken off the ballot in certain states rather than release his tax returns, and New York is not shying away from making sure that whatever his is trying to hide will be made known to the public.

Corruption and blatant disregard for constitutionally mandated separation of powers cannot continue. These efforts from New York are absolutely necessary and justified, and at the same time almost seem personal.

New York is where Donald Trump was born and raised. New York State and Manhattan in particular were the launchpads for Donald Trump’s rise to power, and I think New York would like to be the place where it is brought to an end. If Donald Trump is refusing to cooperate with congress, then New York is ready and willing to be the entity that makes him.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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