White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared on Sunday that members of Congress aren’t “smart enough” to look through President Trump’s tax returns.
“Frankly I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“My guess is that most of them don’t do their own taxes and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything,” Sanders continued.
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Sanders also said that Democrats are taking a “dangerous, dangerous road” in asking for Trump’s tax returns.
Earlier this month, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) asked IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to turn over six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
Neal on Saturday sent a second letter to Rettig, extending the deadline to turn over Trump’s taxes until April 23.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects Treasury to respond to Neal by that date, but called the deadline “arbitrary.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he is under audit and won’t release his taxes until the years-long audit is over.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig confirmed at a House Appropriations Subcommittee earlier this month that being under audit does not prevent a citizen, including the president, from releasing copies of tax returns to the public.
There is “no rule that would prohibit the release of a tax return because it’s under audit,” Rettig told lawmakers in reference to an ongoing effort by House Democrats to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.