US president sues California over tax return law
US President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are suing California over recent legislation requiring presidential candidates to file tax returns to stand in primaries.
Gavin Newsom, the state governor, a democrat, signed the law last week.
The accusers said in two cases :”It was unconstitutional as it affixed an extra requirement to run for president.”
Mr Trump has refused to release his tax returns, saying that they are under audit.
California is the first state to succeed in passing such a law, though others under Democratic control have tried.It would apply to ballots for primary elections but not the general election.
The state is involved in more than 40 lawsuits against the Trump White House on issues such as environmental regulation and immigration.
In the first lawsuit, the Republican National Committee said the law was “a naked political attack against the sitting president of the United States”.
It argues that the law would “directly impede” Mr Trump’s chances of gaining the Republican nomination. California provides 14% of delegates needed to win.
A second lawsuit by the Trump campaign argues that states do not have the power to supplement qualifications for president set out by the US Constitution.
Currently there are only three requirements for presidential candidates – to be natural born citizens, over the age of 35 and resident in the US for at least 14 years.
Mr Trump’s counsel, Jay Sekulow, described the law as an “attempt to circumvent the US Constitution”. He said voters had already spoken about whether Mr Trump should release his tax returns.