Sep 19, 2019

Judge temporarily blocks California law requiring presidential tax returns

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A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new California law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The big picture: It's an early, but symbolic victory for Trump, who is highly unlikely to win California in 2020 but sued the state last month to block implementation of the law. The injunction is likely to be appealed and the judge could make a final ruling as soon as next week. Earlier on Thursday, Trump sued the Manhattan district attorney over its efforts to obtain his tax returns as part of its investigation into hush money payments made during the 2016 election.

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Judge temporarily blocks California presidential tax returns law

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A federal judge issued an opinion Tuesday that a new California law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on primary ballots likely violates the U.S. Constitution, as he temporarily blocked it. But Californian officials told AP they would appeal the ruling.

The big picture: The move is a win for President Trump, who filed a lawsuit against California in August to block implementation of the law. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. of the Eastern District of California indicated in a preliminary injunction he issued last month on the law that he would likely rule in favor of Trump, per Bloomberg.

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DOJ asks judge to temporarily block NY Trump tax returns subpoena

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The Justice Department asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena from New York prosecutors seeking to obtain 8 years of President Trump's personal and corporate tax returns from his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA.

Details: In a filing, obtained by Talking Points Memo, Justice Department special counsel Joshua Gardner argues such action would raise several "significant constitutional issues that potentially implicate important interests of the United States" and should be decided in a federal, not state, court.

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Trump sues Manhattan DA to block release of tax returns

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President Trump on Thursday sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in an effort to block New York prosecutors from obtaining 8 years of his personal and corporate tax returns from his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA.

Context: The New York Times reported this week that Vance's office had subpoenaed Trump's tax returns as part of its investigation into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

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