Judge blocks Calif. tax return law

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 6:31 AM PT — Friday, September 20, 2019
The ongoing feud between the White House and California hits a new boiling point. In a ruling Thursday, a judge handed President Trump a victory by temporarily blocking a law that required presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
The law sparked controversy when it was approved by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom back in July. Newsom claimed the bill was not designed to target President Trump, and was created to ensure the American people are not deceived by candidates seeking their vote.
“It’s politically neutral, it’s party neutral, every presidential candidate, every candidate we see on the debate stage would be required to do the same,” he stated.
However, the president’s legal team has argued the law is unconstitutional and unfairly requires him to give up his personal information. President Trump has been pressured to hand over his financial information since he was on the campaign trail in 2016.
“And while I’m under audit, I won’t do it. If I’m not under audit, I would do it. I had no problem with it, but while I’m under audit, I would not give my taxes.” — President Trump

Attorneys Harmeet Dhillon, left , and Justin Clark who represented the state and national Republican parties, discuss the tentative ruling by a federal judge to halt a California law that’s aimed at forcing the president to release his tax returns, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. U.S.District Judge Morrison England Jr., said the will issue a formal ruling by Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
He maintains that because he’s under audit he can’t release the information, but in July he made the unusual promise to release the information before Election Day.
“At some point prior to the election, I’m going to be giving out a financial report of me,” said the president. “And it will be extremely complete.”
No presidential candidates have officially submitted their tax information to the state, although several have publicized portions of their returns. With the judge expected to give a final ruling by the end of the month, candidates may not need to release those documents at all.

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