Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House urges court to lift hold on subpoena for Trump records

House urges court to lift hold on subpoena for Trump records

During the 2016 election, Trump promised to release his tax returns as soon as he is not being audited, but in the spring of 2017, the president changed his tune to say that he "might" disclose his returns in the future, but only after he leaves office.

A USA judge had temporarily blocked the state law in response to a different lawsuit, and the high court ruled quickly because the deadline to file tax returns to get on the primary ballot is next week.

"The Legislature may well be correct that a presidential candidate's income tax returns could provide California voters with important information", Cantil-Sakauye wrote.

"Today's ruling is a victory for every California voter", Patterson said in a statement.

While Trump may now be clear to appear on the California primary ballot, other legal cases regarding release of his financial records are still ongoing. But Vance said earlier Supreme Court rulings forcing President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes and allowing President Bill Clinton to be sued for sexual harassment demonstrate that Trump also should lose.

Meanwhile, an appeals court in NY has ruled that Trump's long-time accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to NY prosecutors.

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The billionaire hotelier-turned-president is the first Republican or Democratic Party candidate in over 40 years to refuse to make his tax returns public.

Jesse Melgar, the governor's spokeswoman, previously told the Los Angeles Times that Newsom supported an appeal, adding: "States have a legal and moral duty to restore public confidence in government and ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards".

Republicans also said it would lower voter turnout in the primary, hurting Republican legislative and congressional candidates' chances of reaching the general election.

In a separate case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in NY ruled in favor of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office requiring Trump's accountants to turn over tax returns.

If the Supreme Court don't pause the subpoena, the House could get Mazars to comply and it would be a bad sign for Trump's prospects in a separate case about a state grand jury subpoena from NY.

Democrats have demanded President Donald Trump to release his tax returns ever since he announced his White House bid four years ago, from using various lawsuits in state and local jurisdictions to their oversight powers in the House of Representatives to subpoena for their release speculating on improper conduct. Trump has denied the allegations.

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