Sanders Blasts Dems for Their Attempts to Get Trump’s Taxes: ‘Most of Them Don’t Do Their Own Taxes’

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.

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Phyllis Softa
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I find Sarah to be insulting of the intelligence of the American public. As an average Joe, one is aware of the reporting that the Ways and Means Committee were interviewing tax attorneys BEFORE Neal even became the Chairman on Jan 3, 2019. Does Sarah believe that the American public is so stupid that they believe Ways & Means Cmte, responsible for the tax writing policy for the country, does NOT have tax attorneys on their staff? Either SHE isn’t bright, or she thinks we aren’t.

Screwtape
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As Mark pointed out, what part of INCOME taxes don’t these pinheads understand. Income does not reflect total assets. *duh*

Maybe all those demanding Trump release his taxes should release their own as a show of good faith. Trump can still refuse, but let’s see how committed they are.

Sanders may be right. They don’t do their own taxes and have no concept. There’s also no statutory requirement for the president to do so, despite what the Ways and Means committee desires.

Phyllis Softa
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Tax returns indicate taxes & rate paid on yearly income. Deductions & tax credits claimed, Investments, Debts, charitable donations. You put the guy in office without knowing. But it is perplexing that Trump wanted BC’s college grades on Obama but does not want YOU to know what his tax rate is or who he is indebted or how much he is indebted to them? Can you imagine Trump’s response had Obama or Clinton NOT disclosed their holdings? Why the double standard?

Phyllis Softa
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There is no requirement to release the taxes to the public. THERE IS a statutory requirement for the Treasury to release upon written request of 3 entities–Ways and Means is 1 of the 3 listed in 6102 of the tax code. In 7214 (a) the penalties for non-compliance with the written request are listed as up to $10,000 fine & up to 5 years imprisonment.

James
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B I N G O!! “There is no requirement to release the taxes to the public.” That ultimately means the Dem/Socialists are looking for a missed period or comma in Trump’s tax returns to begin the impeachment process. It’s ALL a part of their political hatchet job to manufacture another witch hunt against Trump, nothing more, nothing less.

James
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Bernie the home grown Socialist hasn’t released his taxes. Kamala Harris got frightened of her shadow and did release 15 YEARS of hers.

Mark Simmons
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The Dems keep saying Trump’s returns will show his net worth isn’t what he claims. This makes two things clear: First, is that this is purely political. Second, is that these Dems know nothing about tax returns. It’s an INCOME TAX. Nowhere in a return will you find someone’s net worth.

In addition, by law it is a felony for the IRS to disclose someone’s return. What these dim witted Dems are demanding is illegal.

Screwtape
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Mark, you’re using truth and logic. The Lefties are about feelings. It’s like trying to teach algebra to primitive neural-net organisms like jellyfish.

Phyllis Softa
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Trumpian logic & truth work only in Trump world. In reality where most of the country resides, there are no alternative facts. Truth & facts are not determined by if it’s what you want to hear. What are these “feelings” that the Left is all about? I listen to F& F each mornings relate a incident that occurred somewhere in the world & the hosts claim it is indication that their listeners are VICTIMS of everyone from MSM to the Pope.

Phyllis Softa
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I realize I will get Trumpian logic, but could you explain the logic in wanting Obama’s BC and college grades, but don’t want any entity to review Trump’s taxes?? Can you tell me what your reaction would be if Obama or Clinton had not turned over their tax returns each year? Do you ever consider the extent to what you dismiss with Trump that you would hold any other POTUS accountable?

James
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Learning Barry’s college grades (with him claiming to be a “foreign exchange student”) was a logical means to vet a man who was being kept hidden by the MSM and the DNC. Much of what was kept hidden was his birthplace (Kenya), his political leanings (Marxist with Communist family members), his religion (Muslim), his legal name (Barry Hussein Soetoro) and his citizenship (Indonesian). While we know Barry has a net worth of $40 million, his tax returns – like Trumps – are irrelevant.

Phyllis Softa
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The only person that cares what Trump is worth is Trump. Candidates don’t release taxes filings to divulges wealth. They’r released to be TRANSPARENT. WHO is holding their debt?. What are those debts & can it be used as leverage against them? What are their business holdings & investments that could conflict with the interest of the US? Does the candidate have money in off shore banks? What taxes were paid on their income & at what rate? Charitable donations?

James
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Who cares – except the power grabbing Socialists who are still throwing their temper tantrums over their female career criminal’s loss in 2016. It’s none of anyone’s business who makes what, how, where or why. Much ado about nothing.

Phyllis Softa
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When was Hillary ever fined for violation of a law? When was Hillary sued for fraud? When was Hillary sued for non-payment of services rendered? Was the Clinton Foundation shutdown after investigation of every conspiracy R’s could dream up? Do you need a reviewed of the # of times those all apply to TRUMP? If Hillary had won, would you be “much ado about nothing” if she did not release her taxes?

Phyllis Softa
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Mark, for 1 minute I wish you would consider if this was Clinton or Obama? Would you be comfortable if they did not release their taxes, debts and holdings? The tax code 6103 clearly states that the Treasury office SHALL turn over tax returns upon written request of 3 congressional entities–Ways & Means Committee is ONE of the 3. Section 7214 (a) outlines the consequences if the request is not honored–up to 10,000 fines & up to 5 yrs imprisonment.

James
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“SHALL” not “WILL”. No one should care what any of the wealthy politicians make as long as they were born in America and have American interests as their primary objective should they become the POTUS.

Phyllis Softa
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James, legally SHALL IS WILL—that is why there are consequences outline in 7214 (a) for s of not abiding to the written request of 1 of the 3 entities named. If it was, “if the Treasury dept would like to,” there would not be designated consequences of fines and imprisonment.

General Confusion
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“The Dems keep saying Trump’s returns will show his net worth isn’t what he claims.”

You are confused.

Many are asking why Trump can’t bring himself to release his tax returns. If he has nothing to hide, then why wouldn’t he want the brownie points of being transparent? If he really is as rich as he says he is, then why not crow and prove it? Speculation is that he isn’t as rich as he says he is. This is his chance. Democrats aren’t ACCUSING him of this, but Trump is hinting it.

James
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Tax returns do not show net worth; only income adjusted for taxing purposes..

Phyllis Softa
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They also show debt–and to whom, deductions and tax credits, investments, charitable donations, sources of income, taxes paid and tax rate.

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