WINNING! Federal Judge Halts California Law Requiring Trump to Release Tax Returns in Order to Appear on 2020 Primary Ballot
US District Judge Morrison England on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against a California law which required Trump to release his tax returns in order to appear on the 2020 primary ballot.
Last month, the federal judge temporarily suspended the law and announced he would be releasing a formal written injunction by October 1st.
On Tuesday, Judge Morrison, a George W. Bush appointee, released a written opinion and argued the law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom violated the Presidential Qualifications Clause contained in Article II of the US Constitution and violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause as set forth in the 14th Amendment.
England wrote that while he finds California’s concerns about seeing a candidate’s tax returns “legitimate and understandable,” it violates the US Constitution.
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon celebrated the win and called it a “voter win and TKO opinion [from Judge England]”
Boom!! Judge England grants injunction against SB 27, CA’s presidential tax return disclosure law, on multiple grounds incl. qualifications clause, 1st & 14th Amend., EIGA pre-emption… Voters win! TKO — opinion: https://t.co/bcUvxbwAY1 @GOP @CAGOP @MarkMeuser @dhillonlaw pic.twitter.com/5DdcpB31w6
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) October 2, 2019