This Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that she doesn’t think Congress members are “smart enough” to look through President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
“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,” the White House press secretary continued.
Sarah Sanders also stated that Democrats are taking a “dangerous, dangerous road” in asking for President Trump’s tax returns.
Earlier this month, House Democrats formally requested the President’s tax returns. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal asked IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to turn over six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
On Saturday, Neal sent a second letter to Rettig, extending the deadline to turn over the President’s taxes to April 23. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects Treasury to respond to Neal by that date but stated that the deadline is “arbitrary.”
President Trump, breaking with other candidates, has stated he will not release his taxes, citing an ongoing audit.
If the House Ways and Means Committee obtains the President’s tax returns, it could designate committee staff and staff from Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation to help review the tax returns behind closed doors before the committee votes to make any of it public.