Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that she doesn’t think Congressional Democrats are “smart enough” to review President Donald Trump’s tax returns should they manage to obtain them.
Speaking to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Sanders characterized attempts to obtain the president’s tax returns as “disgusting overreach,” adding:
“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.”
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 14, 2019
These remarks prompted a simple two-word response from Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who has been vocal in demanding that the president release his own tax returns:
Try me! https://t.co/jX9smC3sHD
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 15, 2019
And it looks like people want Klobuchar to go right ahead:
The spokesperson for the most incompetent administration (and president) ever is questioning the intelligence of the Congress. This has to be some kind of 1984 doublespeak. Lies are truth, smart is stupid, hate is love.
— Jeff Mulligan (@MulliganJeff) April 15, 2019
Can Senator Klobuchar show up to Sarah Sanders’ next press briefing and ask her directly, please?
— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) April 15, 2019
Go get 'em, Senator.
— Jon Tevlin (@Jontevlin) April 15, 2019
Try her. In Court. Hurry.
— John P. Cummings (@jpc268) April 15, 2019
Ten members of Congress are accountants, according to the Congressional Research Service. They would undoubtedly have the knowledge required to look through the president’s returns thoroughly. Three are trained as certified public accountants, professionals licensed by their states to do exactly what Sanders claims they’re not “smart enough” to do.
Sanders’ statements came after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal issued a second formal request for the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns. Neal cited IRS code 6103, a law that states that the House Ways and Means chairman, the head of the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Chairman of Senate Finance can ask for anyone’s personal tax information for their committee’s use.
“I expect a reply from the IRS by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2019. Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request,” Neal writes.
This morning, chairman @RepRichardNeal sent the following letter to IRS commissioner Rettig after the IRS missed the April 10th deadline to furnish six years of the president’s personal & business #taxreturns: pic.twitter.com/aHSNvEJwk3
— Ways & Means Committee (@WaysMeansCmte) April 13, 2019