White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had some strong words for Democrats who are continuing to pursue President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
During the 2016 presidential election, President Trump declined to turn over his tax returns, as is customary, because he claimed he was under an IRS audit. That excuse hasn’t cut it for some Democrats, as the Ways and Means Committee has requested that the IRS turn over the tax returns of the president and several of his businesses.
The White House, however, doesn’t believe they need to turn over the documents and may order the IRS not to release the records.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Sanders if the president would be turning over the documents. Sanders explained that Americans “will have to see what happens on that front,” but noted that the president already filed “hundreds of pages” of disclosures and a judge ruled against releasing the returns under the Freedom of Information Act.
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“The president has been clear from the beginning, as long as his taxes are under audit he’s not going to release them. He’s also filled out hundereds of pages in financial disclosures. […] The president’s been clear. This issue’s even been litigated — we went through this in 2016.”
Sanders also claimed that Democrats only want Trump’s tax returns to further drive their “political partisanship,” calling it a “dangerous road” for Congress to go down if they intend to pull citizens’ tax returns for political purposes.
“This is all about political partisanship. This is a dangerous, dangerous road,” Sanders said.
She also landed a pointed jab at the members requesting the forms, claiming that they are not “smart enough” to sort through the tax returns competently, adding that she doesn’t think they could properly do their own taxes.
“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. 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.”
While it isn’t yet clear how Trump will respond, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee claim Trump has until April 23 to hand over his returns.