Thanks to a new law in California, President Donald Trump is now required to release his tax records if he wants to be on the California primary ballot.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law earlier this week that requires all presidential candidates to hand over five years’ worth of income tax filings by November in order to secure a spot in the March 3 primary, but the new law does not bar a candidate from appearing on the general election ballot in 2020.
“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,” Newsom said in a statement. “The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”
Trump has done everything in his power to avoid submitting his tax returns, and his camp is not happy about the new law.
“The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” the Trump campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement. “The bill also violates the 1st Amendment right of association, since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”
The president is likely to fight the new law in court. Here's to hoping many other states follow Cali's example.
Let's see those tax returns!