BREAKING: Federal judge grants Trump temporary victory, blocks law requiring release of his taxes!

Here’s some good news on the Trump taxes front. A federal judge has blocked California’s law requiring that Trump release his taxes if he wants to be on the primary ballot:

Here’s more from the LA Times:

A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Trump but a decision that will undoubtedly be appealed by state officials.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England, Jr. said his final ruling will be made in the days to come but took the unusual step of issuing the temporary order from the bench. He said there would be “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for Trump and other candidates from the law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.

Morrison spent much of the court proceeding on the question of whether a long-standing federal financial disclosure law preempts any additional rules that a state could impose.

The federal law, known as the Ethics In Government Act, or EIGA, was originally passed in 1978 and applies to a range of top federal officials. Trump has filed the annual report, most recently in May, which provides a glance at his finances.

“Do we even need to get here if EIGA preempts [the new California law]?,” England asked attorneys for the state. “Is that it?”

I think the judge is exactly right when saying there would be “irreparable harm” if he doesn’t issue an injunction up front. If Trump were forced to release his taxes before the case was settled, it wouldn’t matter which way the judge ruled because his tax returns would already be out there.

In case you wondering, Judge Morrison England, Jr. was appointed by George W. Bush in 2002.

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31 thoughts on “BREAKING: Federal judge grants Trump temporary victory, blocks law requiring release of his taxes!

  1. Finally, some common sense from a judge here. Its a short term victory but the battle will continue. I actually enjoy the fact that Trump doesn’t disclose taxes since it annoys the libs so much!

    1. Actually, millions of us are WINNERS on this because our votes should matter and no politician should be allowed to keep us from choosing the candidate we want to vote for.

  2. That seems like the right decision. If the man’s under no obligation to do so, then punishing him for choosing not to seems an abusive overreach.

    That said, I wish we had a more transparent president. Many Americans are interested in this, and have requested it of the President. I don’t believe he has anything to be ashamed of, so I don’t get why he’s so cagey on this. If I were President, and some voters wanted to see my taxes I’d be like, “Well… ok, if it’ll make you happy I guess.” I don’t really see what the big deal is about it, or why he’s so obstinate on the issue.

    It’s like Barack and his birth certificate. You look more suspect adamantly refusing this innocuous information than you do just offering it freely.

    1. Better yet if we had somebody who didn’t promise to release their taxes and then not do it. Here is a little cheat sheet to some of the broken promises by Trump on tax return.
      2011 – During the birther campaign Trump said he would tie his tax returns into the Obama birth
      2012- Trump stated that Mitt Romney must release his taxes if he is going to run for President.
      2014 – Trump stated he would release his tax returns if he ran for President
      2015- Trump tells Hugh Hewitt if he announces he is running he will release his taxes to show how much money he makes.

      2016- January 2016 Trump tell Fox News we are working on getting tax returns out before the primary.
      2017- Trump tells a reporter when asked about tax returns that the American public is not interested.
      Bottom line just don’t promise something you won’t actually do. Kinda like that Wall Mexico was paying for.

      1. From Jan 2017 through Dec 2018, 90% of evening news coverage of Trump was negative. Why on earth would he give them anything they want?

      2. Awe, you really want to see them. I feel bad for you, can you write a letter to President Trump and ask pretty please.

      1. Yea. Sometimes I don’t think people actually want transparency. They seem to just prefer confirmation bias. Which is why they only make these kinds of demands on Other Tribe.

        1. People want transparency when the other party wins the presidency. When there guy wins, they all of a sudden forget about it and look the other way.

          1. Yea, it’s like the inverse of running for a political seat. Oh sure, they’ll be all about fiscal responsibility, limited government, anti-abortion, domestic security when they’re running. Then once the position is secure they rub their hands and cackle, “Haha, suckers.”

    2. There is no tax return more complicated than that of a big commercial real estate developer. Anyone with bad intent can find a myriad of tax deductions, revenue recognition and/or depreciation methods that will provide years worth of attack ads whether they are legitimate or not.

      1. Oh I don’t believe that, do you? There’s no reason to think that Donald’s been anything but a legitimate, tax-paying successful businessman.

        This is Sarah Palin’s emails all over again. They’ll scour them six ways from Sunday, and still come up bupkis. They’ll be digging for gold, but only find pyrite. Obvious pyrite, which Donald can then clobber them with his Fake News hammer.

  3. As someone posted earlier:

    I’m not interested about a billionaire becoming a civil servant and donating his salary.

    I’m interested in someone who becomes a millionaire while in office

  4. I would think that California has bigger problems than Trump’s damn taxes.

    In a state where you can’t take your dog for a walk in major cities without worrying the pup will step in human feces that might be more important.

    If Trump had cheated the liberal IRS would have been all over him. They’re just looking for something to try to embarrass him. Which honestly, I don’t think is possible.

  5. Back when Trump agreed to show his tax returns, I don’t think that he realized the degree to which the media would be declaring war on him.

    I can’t blame him a bit for not giving them any ammo.

    1. I agree. He is messing with the media. He has tortured the media and all his haters. Some are on here crying. I say string it along and make them crazy. Funny how the same people that are nuts about this are not worried about all the politicians that have gotten wealthy in office.

        1. But,they have a few and when they use the word Fitton it means Judicial Watch and the rest of them,including their Attorneys.

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