California Governor signs bill trump release tax returns request; White House vows legal fight

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, require signed legislation Tuesday to publish President Donald Trump, his tax return before he can appear on the state primary ballot in 2020.

The law, known as the “Presidential Fiscal transparency and Accountability Act,” would also, for the gubernatorial candidates and requires the publication of tax returns for the last five years. The measure sailed through the state to the Democratic-led legislature.

“These are extraordinary times, and States have a legal and moral duty to do everything in your power to ensure managers are looking for, which meet the highest offices to establish minimum standards, and the confidence of the public,” the democratic Governor wrote in his signing statement.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a press conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom signed a law Tuesday, July 30, require presidential candidates to give their tax returns to appear on the state primary ballot, a move is aimed directly at a Republican President, Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

“As one of the greatest people in the world and home to one in nine Americans eligible to vote, California economies, has a special responsibility to add this information to the presidential and gubernatorial candidates continue to need” Newsom, that the law is constitutional because “the Constitution of the United States, States are granted the authority to determine how they are elected, their choice of men.”

Trump’s campaign official Tim Murtaugh as the law to be unconstitutional.

“The Constitution is clear-to serve on the qualifications for someone to, as the President, and States additional requirements on their own,” Murtaugh said in a statement. “What is the next, five years of health records?”

He said the law violates the First amendment, the right to freedom of Association because States can’t say the political parties, the candidates their members may or may not, vote for a primary election.

Jay Sekulow, Advisor to the President, said in a statement that “the state of California will be answered in trying to circumvent the Constitution, before the court.”


While States have authority over you, as the candidate will be able to access the ballot papers, the U.S. Constitution establishes a limited set of qualifications that someone must meet in order to run for President, such as the requirement that you have at least 35 years old The Supreme court has previously state efforts to add requirements stopped to the Congress candidate by a vote of the rules for access.

In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the signing of the tax bill and resolution in the Oval Office of the White house in Washington. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law, Tuesday, 30 signed. July, 2019, require presidential candidates to give their tax returns to appear on the state primary ballot, a move is aimed directly at a Republican President, Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The law requires candidates to submit their tax Declaration to the California Secretary of State at least 98 days prior to the primary, which will take place on 3. March 2020.

Trump has not buckelte decades of precedent by releasing his tax returns, something that have done the major 2020 Democratic competitors already. Transparency advocates argue, the voters have a right to know a political candidate’s financial dealings.

A similar measure was vetoed by the year 2017, former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Prior to becoming Governor, Newsom Trump called for not releasing his tax returns, and repeatedly hinted that he may try to hide adverse information.



Earlier this month, Trump’s company is suing the ways and means Committee, and New York officials for their efforts in trying to have his back.

But even if the California law considers likely legal challenge, Trump could not prevent, to compete with the requirements by the election in the California primary. Without a credible GOP challenger at this point, he probably don’t need to win California delegates to the Republican nomination.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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