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Irritated protesters want Katko to vote to release Trump’s tax returns

Tom Magnarelli
Protester Jonah Minkoff-Zern prevents Rep. Katko from leaving by holding his car door open.

CNY Solidarity protesters are demanding Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) vote to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Protesters like Jonah Minkoff-Zern waited outside for Katko at a Wednesday event in Syracuse.

"We don't know why Trump is hiding his taxes because we haven't seen them, but one very clear possibility is because it would reveal the relationships that he has with Russia," Minkoff-Zern said. "What does he have to hide? Why did his attorney general lie under oath about his communications with Russia. Why since Watergate is this the only president that hasn't revealed his taxes?"

As Katko left the event he did answer any questions from the protesters. That prompted Minkoff-Zern to hold Katko’s car door open, to prevent him from leaving. Minkoff-Zern had to be restrained so the congressman's car could exit.

"I'm sorry if I held his car door open, but what really matters is the deep, incredible harm to the American people that the GOP is having right now and we need answers,” Minkoff-Zern said.

Katko will answer questions in a televised town hall Monday evening. A spokesperson for Katko released the following statement about the incident.

Rep. Katko hosted an event highlighting bipartisan legislation he has introduced in Congress. Following the event, there was an incident with a professional agitator that clearly crossed the line and will be dealt with accordingly. This will not deter Rep. Katko from continuing to regularly engage with his constituents.

All of this comes after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week. The FBI is actively investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.