During an appearance on Fox News this Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added more confusion to the ongoing saga of President Trump‘s elusive tax returns, arguing that members of Congress wouldn’t be able to understand even if they were able to get their hands on them.
After Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Sanders if Trump would tell the IRS not to release his taxes, Sanders reiterated the President’s excuse that since they’re “under audit,” they won’t be released any time soon.
“We’ll have to see what happens on that front,” Sanders told Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “But the President’s been clear — this issue has even been litigated. … 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.”
“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 continued.
According to Sanders, most of Congress lack the skills to analyze Trump’s tax returns.
“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,” she said.
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Trump is the first president in decades to refuse transparency on his tax history, saying that ongoing audits are preventing him from releasing his returns. But according to the IRS, there’s nothing about an audit that prevents a president from releasing them.
Earlier this month, the House Ways & Means Committee sent a request to IRS commissioner Charles Rettig to turn over six-years’ worth of Trump’s tax returns. The deadline for the IRS to turn over the documents was set for April 10 but has since been extended to April 23.
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