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Article by Bryan Howard
April 16, 2019
Sarah Sanders appeared on Fox News with host Chris Wallace. During this interview Sanders was questioned over President Trump’s tax returns and if he will release it. Sanders called the request by Democrats a “dangerous road” based on pure “political partisanship.” Sanders claimed this would create a new standard that the government could force any American to release their taxes.
Sanders claimed, “I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,”
Wallace asked, “demand that the IRS not turn over his tax returns” or allow for “whatever the IRS decided.”
Sanders responded, “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 questioned, “Will he tell the IRS not to release them though?”
Sanders responded, “We’ll have to see what happens on that front,” she said. “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 are 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.”
Sanders stated, “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.”
Sarah Sanders concluded this is a “disgusting overreach” that endangers all Americans and their safety with their tax returns.