Sarah Sanders: Democratic Lawmakers Not "Smart Enough" To Understand Trump's Tax Returns

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace that members of Congress who are pushing for the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns are not "smart enough" to understand them.

"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. "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."





CHRIS WALLACE: Will the president demand that the IRS not turn over his tax returns or will he live -- this is I think pretty close to yes or no -- will he live with what whatever the IRS decides?

SARAH SANDERS: 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 hundreds of pages and financial disclosures.

WALLACE: Will he tell the IRS not to release them though?

SANDERS: We'll have to see what happens on that front. But the president has been clear. This issue has even been litigated. We went through it in 2016. But one of the biggest things that I think people aren't seeing is the fact that the only reason that the Oversight Committee has the ability to request someone's taxes or for the purpose of determining policy. This has nothing to do with whether or not they're going to determine policy. This is all about political partisanship. This is a dangerous, dangerous road and frankly, Chris, 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. He has filled out hundreds of pages in a financial disclosure form.

And I think it's a disgusting overreach they are making when they're not doing this based on policy. It puts every American who has filled out tax reform or tax forms in the past --

WALLACE: This is a yes or no question. Have you filed -- have you filed your taxes yet?

SANDERS: I'm almost finished. I'm in the process. I need a couple more days. I get them in before it's time.

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