This is why appointing federal judges is so important
A federal judge knocked down a new Californian law requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on primary ballots, which was clearly targeting President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. issued the temporary injunction on Thursday and said he would put out a final order soon, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The law was seen as a swipe against Trump, who has resisted releasing his tax returns. His critics have accused him of covering up damaging information, but he is not required by law to release them, only by convention.
The law was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.
Judge England said that the law would cause “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for candidates including Trump.
The ruling is expected to be challenged by Californian officials.
The president sued in August against the law, and his lawyers argued that it violated his right to privacy.
The judge also said he wanted to avoid creating a “hodgepodge of laws around the country,” as different states enact their own election rules.
England was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
California’s liberal lawmakers have emerged as some of the more vehement opponents of the president. On Wednesday, Gov. Newsom angrily denounced the president over his decision to end their waivers on federal automobile emission standards.
“This was a move, demonstrable move to assert power and dominance aggressively against the state,” he said to reporters.
Author: Carlos Garcia