Judge Halts State Law That Targeted Trump's Tax Records

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September 19, 2019 - 2:32 pm
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A federal judge on Thursday has stopped a California law motivated by President Trump's 2016 campaign that would have required presidential candidates reveal their tax records before qualifying for the state primary.

The ruling is a victory for Trump who broke with tradition in 2016 and declined to provide his tax returns. He's now fighting multiple efforts that would force him to provide the tax records.

"It remains our position that [California’s tax return> law is unconstitutional because states are not permitted to add additional requirements for candidates for president and that the law violated citizens’ 1st Amendment right of association," said Jay Sekulow, Trump's attorney. 

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U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. said that he'll issue a formal ruling by Oct. 1.

California is expected to appeal. 

The law was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July. It stipulated that to qualify for the primary election, presidential and gubernatorial candidates must reveal their returns.