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Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill Designed to Get Trump's Tax Returns

Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill Designed to Get Trump's Tax Returns
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By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 08:30 AM

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill designed to force President Donald Trump and other White House hopefuls to release their tax returns in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The bill, pushed by state Senate Democrats in California, would have mandated those running for president to release five years of income tax returns in order to qualify for the state ballot, the Times reported. 

But Brown, a Democrat, argued on Sunday the law would have opened the door for too many other requirements and would have likely been overturned by the courts.

"Today, we require tax returns, but what would be next?" Brown wrote in his veto. "Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?"

Democrats in the state legislature had pushed for the bill since last December after unsuccessful calls for Trump to release his tax returns, according to the Times.

Trump cited pending audits of his returns during the campaign, but has never released them, the Times noted. 

"For decades, every president has put their personal beliefs aside and put our country first and released their returns," said Democratic state Sen. Mike McGuire, the bill's author. "The American people shouldn't be in the dark about their president's financial entanglements."

But Republicans maintained the bill was just an attempt to try and embarrass the president.

In the end, Brown insisted the bill carried too many risks, according to The Hill.

"While I recognize the political attractiveness — even the merits — of getting President Trump's tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner," he said.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill designed to force President Donald Trump and other White House hopefuls to release their tax returns in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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