California sends bill requiring presidential candidates’ tax returns to governor’s desk

The state’s Senate passed the measure by a 27-10 party line vote Thursday, but whether Newsom, a Democrat, will sign the bill remains unclear.

Newsom spokesman Jesse Melgar told CNN, “with regard to this and all proposed legislation, should the bill reach the Governor’s Desk it would be evaluated on its own merits.”

Democratic California state Sens. Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener, who introduced the bill, were open about their efforts to hold Trump accountable with the legislation.

“The President’s refusal to share his tax returns with the American people goes against longstanding transparency norms and undermines the trust between government and those it serves,” Wiener wrote in a statement. “We deserve to know that the President is in fact acting for the good of the people and not in his own monetary self-interest.”

McGuire added, “Voters deserve to know, for example, if the President is putting America’s security at risk through his tangled web of business dealings with corporate interests and his dealings with foreign governments and foreign banks.”

The president has faced increasing, multi-front scrutiny from congressional investigators, with Democrats taking the battle over subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump’s past financial records to court last month. But the administration has fought back, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ignoring House Democrats’ April deadline for submitting Trump’s tax returns in favor of his department taking “final action on the Committee’s request by May 6.”

CNN’s Donna Borak contributed to this report.

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