After White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took a swing at congressional Democrats this weekend and said she didn’t think any of them were “smart enough” to analyze President Donald Trump’s tax returns, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) fired back and reminded the press secretary of her qualifications.
“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,” Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“My guess is 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,” she added.
In response to Sanders’ statement, Porter said:
“I’ll take that bet anytime. I do my own taxes, I’m a law professor, I serve with a number of really bright people — folks who own small businesses, folks who have been venture capitalists. We have the acumen to look at the president’s tax returns, but what’s more important, we have the legal duty to do so.”
Porter added that Sanders’ comments attacked the “intelligence and integrity” of her and congressional Democrats.
“I have every confidence that my colleagues and I are capable and smart enough,” she said. “I’m trained in tax law, I’m a legal professor, I’m ready to go to take a look at those tax returns.”
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"I'll take that bet any time." Rep. Katie Porter responds to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' claim that Congress isn't "smart enough" to look at Trump's taxes.
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Porter is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently a tenured legal professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Before that position, she was a faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Law and had been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the UNLV Boyd School of Law.