The California Supreme Court just gave Trump a huge victory over the new law enacted by the legislature that would compel Trump to release his taxes if he wanted to appear on the primary ballot:
LA TIMES – For years, Democrats have tried to force President Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump has resisted. The California Legislature, aiming at the president, passed a law this year to try to force Trump’s hand.
On a party-line vote, lawmakers approved a bill to require presidential candidates to disclose five years of tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot, the first such law in the nation.
It did not survive even six months.
California’s highest court decided Thursday that the Legislature went too far. Though legislators and analysts considered early on whether the requirement might conflict with federal law, the California Supreme Court determined it was the state’s own Constitution that barred such a condition.
Not only did the high court rule in Trump’s favor, it did so unanimously. And this is saying something because the court strongly leans Democrat:
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, writing for the court, said the Legislature lacked the authority to create the “unenforceable” requirement. The decision by the seven-member court — which now has a majority of Democrat-appointed justices — was unanimous.
The case was the latest clash between Trump and California. The state has gone to court to challenge the president repeatedly on abortion rights, immigration and other matters, and Trump, in turn, has sued the state and tried to prevent it from enacting laws that counter his policies.
His victory Thursday, in a challenge brought by the state Republican Party and its chairwoman, was decisive. California’s top court has the final say on matters of state law.
Decisive. Wow. Not even one of the Democrat judges voted against Trump on this. That should tell the people of California just how out of control their lawmakers are, including their governor.