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President Trump received a victory Thursday when a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against a California law that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. issued the order Thursday, citing the “irreparable harm without temporary relief” that the California law would cause on presidential and gubernatorial candidates. He indicated that a final ruling is forthcoming:
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The Los Angeles Times reports:
Morrison spent much of the court proceeding on the question of whether a longstanding federal financial disclosure law preempts any additional rules that a state could impose.
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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 an overview of 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?”
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