California politicians just got smacked back into reality by a federal judge who said that President Donald Trump does not have to show his taxes to get on the 2020 ballot.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. made the decision on Thursday as Democrats have made several attempts to get him to show his taxes, ABC News reported.
“Trump has bucked decades of precedent by refusing to release them, arguing they are under audit,” ABC News said.
“England, an appointee of former Republican President George W. Bush, plans to issue a written ruling by Oct. 1, and California is expected to appeal.
“The law signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in July says candidates for president must release five years of tax returns by November to run in the California primary, which is scheduled for March 2020.
“Attorneys for Trump and the Republican Party argued the law violates the U.S. Constitution by adding an additional requirement to run for president. England also seemed open to their argument that a federal law requiring presidents to disclose financial information supersedes state law,” it said.
“I don’t care how you skin the cat, it’s an unconstitutional law,” Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney for the Republican Party said.
The decision by the federal judge came the same day that President Trump began a lawsuit against the Manhattan District Attorney who has subpoenaed his taxes.
Trump Hits Back At DA Who Subpoenaed His Taxes, He Will Pay.
A copy of the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court was not immediately available in online records. Vance’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump sued three days after the New York Times said Vance’s office had subpoenaed his longtime accounting firm Mazars for eight years of personal and corporate tax returns, citing several people with knowledge of the matter.
The president has refused to disclose his tax returns, after promising during his 2016 White House run that he would.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement that the lawsuit was filed “in response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney,” to address “the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case.”
Trump is separately trying to block Deutsche Bank AG from handing over financial records, which include some tax returns, to two U.S. House of Representatives committees that issued subpoenas for the records.
The federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral arguments in that case on Aug. 23, and has yet to rule.
According to the Times, Vance issued his subpoenas soon after opening a criminal probe into what role Trump and his family business played in hush-money payments prior to the 2016 election.
These include $130,000 that Michael Cohen, the president’s now-imprisoned former lawyer, paid to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Vance, a Democrat and longtime Trump critic, is also pursuing a criminal mortgage fraud case against Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman.
Manafort has sought to dismiss that case, saying he was already convicted on similar federal charges and that trying him again would amount to double jeopardy.
Mazars was also named as a defendant in Trump’s lawsuit against Vance. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
NEW this morning: Another lawsuit filed where Donald Trump is trying to stop his accounting records from getting to his political foes. This time, he's trying to stop Manhattan DA Cy Vance's subpoena to his accounting firm Mazarshttps://t.co/nqFOdULfVs
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) September 19, 2019
President Trump's lawyer said the lawsuit is intended "to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case." https://t.co/9uqLGOz8nc
— Tulsa's Channel 8 (@KTULNews) September 19, 2019
The Manhattan DA who subpoenaed Trump's taxes is Cy Vance. Vance is known for protecting elite criminals. Among those he aided are Weinstein, Epstein, Strauss-Kahn, and Donald Jr and Ivanka Trump. Temper your expectations. https://t.co/DNPKgo18jY
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 16, 2019