The Return of Trump's Tax Returns 🗃️

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A controversial bill

On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bill SB 27, also called the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act. The measure requires all presidential candidates to release their tax returns from the last five years in order to be placed on California's primary ballots for the 2020 election. Effective immediately, the law will directly impact President Trump in his re-election campaign.

What is the pushback?

The Trump administration, which has been reluctant to release his tax returns, declared the measure to be unconstitutional. They also cited the bill to be violations of the First Amendment and the qualifications for president outlined in the Constitution. The administration is expected by many to follow up with a lawsuit.


Fox News: California Governor Signs Bill Requiring Trump to Release Tax Returns; White House Vows Legal Fight

Sacramento Bee: Bored Governor Signs Silly Bill

The right emphasizes the Constitution’s clear qualifications one must meet to run for president. Further, many conservative sources reference former California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto the bill in 2017, and they reiterate his concerns that the bill would enable excessive prying into the personal lives of presidential candidates.


Mother Jones: California Just Passed A Las That Could Force Trump to Release His Tax Returns

Splinter: California Passes Bill Demanding Presidential Candidates Hand Over Their Tax Returns

The left largely views this bill as a victory in the lengthy battle of trying to secure Pres. Trump’s tax returns. Many liberal news outlets have also inferred that the immediate pushback from the Trump administration indicates the President may “have something to hide.” 

Where's the common ground?

A long debated issue, SB 27 continues to divide rather than unite. Aside from the potential legal challenges identified by some on both the right and left, this bill only seems to further fuel the tax return dispute. 

Real-time footage of Newsom and his crew trying to peek at tax returns



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