4 Voters Sue California For Violating 14th Amendment With Law Aimed At Trump

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Four California voters just filed a lawsuit to block the Dems latest assault on Trump and our democracy.

The voters along with the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch want to block the new law Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed requiring Trump to turn over his taxes or be left off the ballot.

It is a cheap political stunt to be sure and while Trump won’t win California so it doesn’t really matter, the principle does.

The lawsuit alleges California’s law violates the 1st and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

From The Federalist Papers: The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Sacramento on Aug. 1 by the group Judicial Watch, argues the statute is unconstitutional because it sets up illegal new rules governing who can seek the presidency.

The measure requires presidential candidates to release five years worth of tax returns in order to appear on a nominating ballot in California, the most populous U.S. state. The bill passed both houses of California’s Democrat-controlled legislature and was signed into law by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom last week.

“It’s a bad law as applied to anyone, including President Trump,” said Tom Fitton, president of Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four voters registered in California – two Republicans, a Democrat and an independent.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 a campaign, a practice that has been followed by every presidential nominee for decades.

Last month, the Democrat-controlled Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives sued the Treasury Department to force the release of Trump’s tax records. Democrats want the tax returns as part of their inquiry into possible conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s continued ownership of his extensive business interests.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, signed an amendment last month to a law requiring the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to release any returns sought by the congressional committees.

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Sarah Kez is a freelance writer and graphic designer. She is a regular contributor for the Washington Daily News.

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