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WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – California's Democratic governor Tuesday issued a law banning President Donald Trump from running in the state for the Republican primary if he did not publish his tax returns.

The law, which went into effect on Tuesday, does not explicitly mention the name of President Trump, who will be an automatic candidate for the Republican Party to the next presidential election in 2020 unless there is a huge surprise unexpected change this reality.

In fact, the holding of primaries in the Republic is unlikely at this time, as the majority of party leaders openly declare their support for Trump's second term.

Unlike all his predecessors who have been in the White House for four decades, Trump has consistently refused to disclose his tax status, in a position that Democrats are trying by all means to force him to change.

The law, passed by the California Congress in June and published by Gov. Gavin Newzum on Tuesday, stipulates that every presidential candidate must submit five years of tax returns to be able to stand for primaries in California, the largest state in the United States.

"In these exceptional times, the states have a legal and moral obligation to do everything in their power to ensure that the leaders who run for the highest positions meet minimum standards," Governor Nusume said in a statement Tuesday. He added that the declarations that this law provides for publication "will reveal whether there is a conflict of interest or circulation from within or influence of national or foreign commercial interests."

In contrast, Trump's defense attorney, Jay Sekolo, was quick to announce his intention to challenge the law. "The constitution is clear on the terms for the president, and the states should not add restrictions," Tim Mortu, director of communications for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.

In May, the New York Parliament passed a law authorizing state tax authorities to present President Trump's tax returns to the Federal Congress.

Since before the 2016 elections, Trump claims that his annual income statements and his companies are audited by the Internal Revenue Service and can not be published before the end of its audit.

Democrats suspect Trump's use of legal loopholes to avoid paying taxes. According to the New York Times, the analysis of tax records showed that Trump reported losses of about 1.2 billion dollars between 1985 and 1994.


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