Judge blocks Calif. tax return law

Donald Trump sues Manhattan DA, seeks to block tax return subpoena

President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Thursday to block an effort by NY prosecutors to obtain his tax returns.

Multiple states that have adopted California's standards have already said they'll jump into the legal fight over the revocation.

The ruling is expected to be challenged by Californian officials.

Trump's lawyers also said the law, known as SB 27, would have forced the president to give up his privacy. The better argument is that the Constitution alone sets the qualifications for federal office; otherwise, we could end up with fifty different sets of qualifications for the presidency apart from the Constitution, many of which might be contradictory.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed criticized Trump's characterization, calling it "ridiculous", The New York Times reported. Still, Trump's lawyers say that the Vance subpoena raises "significant constitutional issues".

Newsom said in a statement that "these are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence".

California, a reliably Democratic state, has long garnered special attention from Trump who has criticized the state for a range of issues - including placing blame on Hollywood for an epidemic of mass shooting last month.

Former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed similar tax return legislation in 2017, arguing it would create a slippery slope of putting extra requirements on presidential candidates. "This issue of releasing tax returns is bigger than any one candidate or any one president". Wheeler, for his part, called this a "critical element of President Trump's commitment to address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards".

"The subpoena is a bad faith effort to harass the president by obtaining and exposing his confidential financial information, not a legitimate attempt to enforce NY law", Trump's legal team added in the complaint.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, was signed onto by attorneys general from more than two dozen states and cities - including the District of Columbia - led by Democrats.

This bill would enact the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require a candidate for President, in order to have the candidate's name placed upon a primary election ballot, to file the candidate's income tax returns for the 5 most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State, as specified.

Another lawsuit was filed in July by Republican voters along with the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of California who argue that this a political maneuver that takes voting rights away from Trump's supporters.

Unlike in California, the NY case is part of a criminal investigation and a grand jury issued the subpoenas. In that case, Trump sued a US House committee and Mazars after the committee subpoenaed eight years of accounting records earlier this spring.



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