The Federal court sided with the head of the White House in a dispute with the authorities of California on the disclosure of tax returns of candidates for the US presidency.
The Federal court sided with President Donald Trump, who is trying to keep secret information about the taxes he paid. The court blocked the action of the law adopted in California. The authors of the law tried to force Trump to disclose the information contained in his tax returns.
The ruling was handed down by district judge Morrison England Jr. Now the President is trying to challenge several lawsuits filed against him by Democrats in different States to disclose tax returns. On Thursday, the President’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against the New York Prosecutor’s office, which is trying to obtain the President’s tax returns as part of a criminal investigation.
Donald Trump has broken the long-standing tradition that all presidential contenders have published their tax returns over the past few years. The President justified the refusal by the fact that this information is now checked by the US Tax service.
England, appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush, plans to publish a written ruling by October 1. California authorities are going to file an appeal against this decision.
The law, which was signed into law by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in July, States that candidates for President of the United States must release five-year tax returns by November, otherwise they will lose the right to participate in the California primaries (primary party elections), scheduled for March 2020.
Lawyers for Trump and the Republican Party argue that the law violates the USConstitution by introducing additional requirements for presidential candidates. England also agreed with the plaintiffs that Federal law, which sets out financial disclosure requirements for presidents, invalidates state-level legislation.
The passage of the law further increased tensions between California and the Trump administration. The state authorities do not find a common language with the White House on a variety of issues, including immigration and environmental legislation.
All the Democratic presidential candidates have released their tax returns. The law passed in California also affects candidates for Governor of the state.