Whitaker calls California’s tax returns bill ‘unconstitutional’

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LOU: CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR GACHG LOU: CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR GACHV LOU: CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR GACHN NEWSOM SIGNED A BILL REQUIRING THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS FIVE YEARS OF THEM BEFORE HE COULD APPEAR ON THE STATE’S 2020 PRIMARY BALLOT. IN A STATEMENT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN CALLED THE MOVE QUOTE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. CALIFORNIA IS MORE INVOLVED IN MORE THAN 40 LAWSUITS CHALLENGING VARIOUS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POLICIES. YOU GET THE FEELING THAT THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC EMPIRE DOESN’T LIKE OUR PRESIDENT.>>>WELL JOINING ME NOW WERE FORMER ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW WHITAKER. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME. LOU: FIRST OF ALL, I GOT TO GET YOUR LAWYERLY COUNSEL. CAN A STATE DO THAT AND GET AWAY WITH IT?>>IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. GOVERNOR MOON BEAM OR JERRY BROWN WOULDN’T SIGN THAT BILL BECAUSE HE KNEW IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BUT YOU’RE IN THE CRY DISI NINTH CIRCUIT, IN MY EXPERIENCE AS DOJ AND ATTORNEY GENERAL AND CHIEF OF STAFF, WE FOUGHT RIDICULOUS BATTLES IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT ONLY TO WIN THEM IN THE SUPREME COURT. THE TRIAL COURTS IN CALIFORNIA ARE GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. THE NINTH CIRCUIT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. BUT THIS ON ITS FACE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND THERE’S IN WAY IT SURVIVES. IF I WAS THE PRESIDENT I WOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT THIS CALIFORNIA BILL. LOU: LET’S TURN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT. AND THAT’S A COUPLE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATIONS LEDDY COUNSEL INVESTIGATIONS LED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR. YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS MAN AND WHAT HE FACES IN THE WAY OF CHALLENGES TO CLEAN UP A CORRUPT FBI LEADERSHIP AND CORRUPT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP.>>SO THE GOOD NEWS IS SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE GONE. McCABE IS GONE, COMEY IS GONE, BAKER, THE CHIEF OF STAFF. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ROTATED OUT. CHRIS WRAY IS TAKING CHARGE. I DON’T THINK HE’S MOVING AS QUICKLY AS SOME WOULD WANT. LOU: PUT ME ON THAT LIST OF PEOPLE.>>I UNDERSTAND. BUT AT THE SAME TIME BILL BARR IS THE PERFECT PERSON TO DO THE CLEANSE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN HIM SO REALLY GOOD AUTHORITY TO GO IN AND FIND OUT SORT OF HOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WAS USED. IF YOU REMEMBER BARR, BEFORE HE WAS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE WAS ON THE OVERSIGHT BOARD OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. SO HE UNDERSTANDS THIS GAME AND I THINK HE’S THE PERFECT PERSON TO DO IT. AND NOW THAT MY FRIEND JOHN RADCLIFFE IS GOING TO BE NOMINATED, HE AND I WERE U.S. ATTORNEYS TOGETHER, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY THAT HE HAS TO GO INTO THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AND I THINK HE’S NOT ONLY GOING TO BE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL BUT I THINK HE’S THE RIGHT PERSON TO LEAD AND TO TAKE THOSE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. LOU: AND SPEAKING OF INTELLIGENCE, THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR RICHARD BURR COMING OUT AND SAYING THAT BASICALLY HE HAS SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW PARTISAN RADCLIFFE WOULD BE AT DNI. THIS IS AFTER WE’VE WATCHED THE DEMOCRATS TRY TO OVERTHROW A PRESIDENCY, TRY TO BLOCK THE TRUMP CANDIDACY FOR THE OFFICE. I MEAN, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH THAT GUY?>>WELL, I MEAN, LISTEN. I THINK BURR HAS COME OUT AND SAID THAT HE WILL HELP JOHN GET CONFIRMED. AND I THINK SOME THESE NEWS REPORTS — I NEVER TRUST ANONYMOUS SOURCES. IT’S USUALLY SOMEBODY THAT’S LOST THE FIGHT AND THEN THEY WANT TO BURN A BRIDGE OR OTHERWISE GET THEIR POINT OF VIEW OUT. I THINK ULTIMATELY JOHN RADCLIFFE IS GOING TO DO WHAT HE DID AS U.S. ATTORNEY IN A NEW ROLE AT DNI AND THAT IS TO PUT ANY PARTISANSHIP TO THE SIDE AND TO LEAD WITH GREAT HONOR AND INTEGRITY. LOU: WE’RE WATCHING — SPEAKING OF HONOR AND INTEGRITY, JOHN SOLOMON WHO HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE REPORTING AS YOU WELL KNOW ON SPY-GATE IN ALL OF ITS VARIOUS FORMS. CHRIS WRAY APPEARS TO BE TRYING TO COVER UP FOR JAMES COMEY AND TO COVER UP, FOR EXAMPLE, SUING TO BLOCK THE RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FRANKLY — THAT CONTAIN MOSTLY INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN IN THE CLEAR. ABSOLUTELY OPEN SOURCES.>>YEAH. SO THOSE — THAT’S A VERY INTERESTING LAWSUIT. AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES YOU’RE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR METHODS OR SOURCES OR IF YOU RECEIVE SOME INTELLIGENCE FROM A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SOURCE. BUT IN THIS CASE IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO MEET THOSE QUALIFICATIONS. AND THE GOOD NEWS — I HATE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE WANT IT TO BE IMMEDIATE. BUT A COURT WILL PROBABLY TAKE THAT AND REVIEW IT IN CAMERA, A SEE WHAT THE ARGUMENTS ARE AND MADE A GOOD DECISION. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL. ULTIMATELY THE INFORMATION WILL GET OUT. WE NEED MORE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES ONCE WE HAVE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO RESTORE THE INTEGRITY AND THE PEOPLE’S BELIEF IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FBI. BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S THERE. I KNOW THE MEN AND WOMEN AT THE FBI AND DOJ AND THE RANK AND FILE ARE SOLID AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. SO WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP I KNOW THAT WE CAN GET OVER THIS HILL AND GET TO A BETTER PLACE. LOU: WELL, I’M NOT GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WRAY REPRESENTS RANK LEADERSHIP. I’M JUST GOING TO SAY THAT IF WE SEE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO ON ZE N SEE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO ON ZE G SEE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO ON ZE H THE AMERICAN PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICIALS WE’RE GOING TO BE IN A HELL OF A MESS.>>I WILL BE ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WILL SPEAK OUT ON THIS. I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO A FULL ACCOUNTING AND TRANSPARENCY SO THAT WE MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT, THAT THIS TYPE OF INVESTIGATION IS LAUNCHED

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  1. Not unconstitutional. By the way Trump promised to release his tax returns about a million times and he won't. He's hiding something. These conservatives are delusional for defending this crooked president. How about country over party?

  2. It was a good interview right up until he said the rank and file are solid. You work for a crook and you know it but do nothing about it… Then my friends, your also a crook. CLA and FGI are the biggest threat to America.

  3. We Republicans and Independents don’t care what this clown Newsom says it does! We ARE petitioning a recall of this jerk Newsom. DJT IS the GOP nominee, so tell Newsom to sit down and stfu!

  4. This guy is your EXPERT? Remind us, how long did he last as acting DG? BTW, the big question here is Why is Trump going back on his promise to reveal his tax returns? Even Whitaker says @4.59 "we need more transparency, more accountability". Let the President lead by example.

  5. Renember all representitives and all judges will to fired and step down when it is announced Obama was not born in America/Hawaii but Kenya!!!! This will lawfully undo everyone he placed in position in the deep states favor under his illegal administration. Hold tight, its going to get even better and pretty mind blowing. Keep patient, pray and keep the faith. Timing is everything.

  6. Christopher Wray is on the side of the bad guys, I don't care what Barr or Whitaker say.
    They are just playing nice.

    They need to haul these criminals in and have Fox News their with their reporters a 1/2 hour before the raids & arrests.

    We want to see them treated like Mueller treated his suspects.

  7. Oh for God's sake, there is NOTHING in the Constitution that says that any President HAS TO hand over any tax returns!!! This is what happens when all the Democratic Presidents hand over their tax returns…voluntarily! There is no law that says they had to!!!

  8. Is everyone in California high, homeless or just stupid ? They have REALLY BIG PROBLEMS AND THEIR PLAY GAMES…. come on Californians, you a world wide joke, higher income then most Countries and your .3 trillion in debt

  9. "Crackpot" Newsom is not the best governor and much of the California Assembly & Senate needs to be replaced. There should probably be a reasoning and intelligence test for people who chose to run for office but it's not likely to happen as long as we have so many stupid people voting.

  10. He has no authority over federal elections and he can't restrict any legitimate presidential candidate from the people of California. I know they think they are already living it up in a soviet police state as an all powerful commie dictator, but American Patriots haven't had the final say yet! And we will be heard… this is entirely unconstitutional.

  11. Being rotated on or replaced doesn't mean justice! Look at Comey, fired and according to the D?OJ will not face charges for breaking the law. More evidence that their are two kinds of justice. The slammer for you and me if we break the law, a slap on the wrist, if that, for members of the establishment.

  12. By law, the president and vice president are automatically audited every year. That means the proper authorities already have Trump's taxes. This shouldn't be allowed to happen.

  13. WHY DOES OUR GOVERNMENT AND FBI GET TO CONSTANTLY BREAK THE LAWS WITH OUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY? PEOPLE NEED TO BE SENT TO JAIL SO THIS CRAP WILL STOP.

  14. Mimsy Borogove correction I am not wrong, you just misunderstood the LEGAL … statues!!! …. TRUMP HAS 2 RIGHTS MOST ARE NOT AWARE OF, HE HAS A RIGHT TO PRIVACY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION … AND HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY TAX VIOLATION …. THE LAW YOU STATE IS THIS ONE … Law that allows Congress to get tax returns

    The law is crystal clear: Congress can obtain Trump's tax returns. The tax code provides that Congress' tax committees—including the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT)—are entitled to obtain any tax returns from the IRS that they request.Apr 1, 2019

    President Trump Cannot Hide His Tax Returns From Congress …

    … NOW TO CONTINUE … CALIFORNIA GOV, IS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE … HE IS NOT A PART OF CONGRESS HE ONLY REPRESENTS HIS CONSTITUENTS OF HIS STATEAND UNDER THE CONSTITUTION .. HE CAN NOT ADD ANY ADDED REGULATIONS TO VOTE POLLS … THE QUESTION WAS NEVER CONGRESSES ACCESS! … THE QUESTION IS A RIGHT FROM ILLEGAL ACCESS … HE CAN NOT BE FORCED BY ANY GOVERNOR TO EXPOSE HIS TAXES …. THAT IS WHY ? ITS UNCONSTITUTIONAL !!! … AND THE CONSTITUTION NULL AND VOIDS … ANYTHING THAT IS CONTRARY TO HER LAWS … SEE THE CONSTITUTION IS THE HIGHEST LAW OF THE LAND! HIGHER THAN CONGRESS … HIGHER THAN ANY PRESIDENT! …. BUT THE CONSTITUTION HUMBLES HERSELF UNDER GOD … SHE IS A FASCINATING DOCUMENT …. MUCH BELOVED BY ME … Marla

  15. Hey Whitaker if President Clinton & Obama can issue tax deductions for the IRS; Then President Trump can change them or delete them.

  16. Bttm.line…DOJ..CANT..BRING JUSTICE….ENNYTHING THAT DEEP STATE..ENACTED.. OR EXECUTED. IN OR AGAINST TRUMPWAY. UNTIL TRUMPWAY IS OUTA OFFICE 2025… SAD.

  17. The state of California has become Unconstitutional ! The liberals always love it when they win but when they loose It's always time to cheat !

  18. California wants become independent from the USA, setting up their own country. Our voting system is so corrupt only Democrates will get votes here.

  19. Why can’t the Feds stop Newsome spending America’s money without presidential permission ????? AUDIT CALIFORNIA AND ALL OFFICIALS

  20. Trumpet heads don't get it. States can enact any voter approved measure. That is called democracy. We know you wanted a hateful dictator for your angry voice, stop blaming and. victimizing others for your disappointments in life. Get educated.

  21. Just checked whitaker is on Trumpts
    payroll to spin this issue into a imaginary fake news to confuse the MAAGA base. He is being paid to spread false information about the new law. Other states have similar laws, courts have already decided that the issue has no merit and cases thrown. Out. The arguement that it is unconstitutional to enact a law that was voted for only a fool. would listen to that kind of toddler gibberish. RNC its going to be harder to steal this election, were onto you now.

  22. He doesn't need California 😂 illegals are not gonna vote thats why dems are desperate😂 voters i.d are coming 😂😂😂maga 2020

  23. I %^(*^ hate Gavin Nuisance with a passion. If I want to vote for Trump I will ^&*^&*( vote for Trump. ^&*(^*(&^ you Democrats! Trump 2020!

  24. Respect states rights! What is the crook hiding? And wasn't Mathew a vacuum cleaner salesman who doesn't have a law degree?

  25. If I’m looking for hot tub advice I’ll ask Whittaker. He is no legal scholar and was completely under qualified during his brief DOJ career.

  26. unless comey is jailed there is no clean up why because comey is dirty we all know it and if he isnt punished as like hillary clinton wasnt punished wray is criminal as well if these people are not punished its going to rock this country and further just prove the 2 tier justice system

  27. Being that there is no law on the books for such a request I would say that Democrats are trying to stack the deck. Democrats are the most pathetic of all people.

  28. Anti- constitutional means nothing. Libs openly say the constitution is an outdated and irrelevant document.

  29. Showing his tax return shouldn't be a big deal. This could help him because it will show us how he handles his business especially in terms of numbers. Unfortunately, trump makes himself look more guilty when he shows that he has something to hide. Show them the tax returns, odds are they're clean so theres nothing to find. No harm , no foul and as a country that's one less issue to divide us. We are called the united states for a reason.

  30. Orange 🍊 county elected officials are unconstitutional! No Oath Bond! Treason I am informed and believe! It’s all 🤬🤬criminal in California 🔥🔥Fire the city and county officials!🔥🔥🤬👎👎👎👎🔥🔥🔥Treason! What !

  31. Republicans always scream about voter ID laws, seems fair to have the presidential candidates no less release their tax returns.

    Also, Republican's are always telling criminals to comply with the law and conflict will be avoided… So… Donald, just release your tax returns.

    It is really silly to hear people argue against releasing tax returns of candidates, because… voters want less transparency?

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