Federal judge stops California from seizing President Trump’s tax returns

Trump, California and gavel

The saga surrounding President Trump’s tax returns continues with the latest action from a federal judge. In the state of California, a judge issued a temporary injunction against a state law that required presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

The team of lawyers for the president had challenged the law, which was signed into law by California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The judge who issued the injunction is Federal Judge Morrison England Jr., a George W. Bush appointee. He serves on the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. Judge England said there would be “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for Trump and other candidates without the injunction, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Officials from the state of California are likely to appeal the ruling from the judge.

In the month of August, President Trump sued to block the California law, with his attorneys arguing that it would unfairly force the president to give up his right of privacy to be able to participate in the March 2 statewide primary.

Trump has in the past refused to release his personal tax returns, the only president in decades to keep them secret from the American public.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has issued subpoenas for his returns, as well as those from the Trump Organization.

But the president filed a lawsuit against that office on Thursday to fight the subpoenas.

How and when will this controversial issue end? Do you think the legal team from the president will be able to continue to block states from seeing his tax returns? Do you think he should have the right to keep them private? Do you see this issue affecting the 2020 election? We look forward to seeing your comments in the section just below this article. 

Credit: NY Post