Federal Judge Blocks California Law Requiring President Trump to Disclose His Tax Returns
By CBS News // October 2, 2019
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(CBS NEWS) – A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a California law aimed at forcing President Trump to release his personal income tax returns in order to appear on the 2020 primary ballot.
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. issued a written opinion Tuesday saying the law likely violates the U.S. Constitution.
England said in September that he would temporarily block the law that requires candidates for president or governor to file copies of their personal income tax returns with the California secretary of state’s office.
England wrote that the state’s concerns about seeing elected officials’ tax returns are “legitimate and understandable.”
But he said the court’s job is to rule on the law’s constitutional merits, not whether it is good policy or makes political sense.
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