Monday, August 3, 2020

Rare Trump Win in California

A federal judge handed President Trump a victory in California last night.

Golden State Democrats had attempted to keep Trump off the California primary ballot – unless he released his tax returns.

Now, that movement is on hold. (Hot Air)

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. issued an opinion that California’s new law likely violates the Constitution. In September he signaled that this would likely be his opinion. He said he would issue a formal ruling by October 1 and he did. The Trump campaign and Republican parties sued over the law which requires candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the March 2020 primary ballot.

The stunt to demand the release of President Trump’s tax returns didn’t sit well with the judge – a George W. Bush appointee. Governor Newsom signed it into law in July. In September Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, was hopeful.

Lawyers for Trump and Republicans argue that it violates the U.S. Constitution by adding an additional requirement to run for president. They also said a federal law requiring presidents to disclose financial information supersedes state law.

“We are encouraged that the federal court tentatively concluded that a preliminary injunction should be granted,” Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement. “We look forward to the court’s written order. It remains our position that the law is unconstitutional because states are not permitted to add additional requirements for candidates for president, and that the law violates the Constitution.”

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