Dems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns

Several Democratic members of Congress hit back at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s contention Sunday that House members were not “smart enough” to assess President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE’s tax returns.

“If we are not smart enough to understand them, we will send them back,” tweeted Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Cities are the future: We need to coordinate their international diplomacy George Conway opposes #unfollowTrump movement MORE (D-Calif.), who frequently uses social media to criticize the Trump administration. “Pinky promise. I am smart enough to understand @realDonaldTrump is gutting preexisting conditions coverage.


“Our freshman class includes intelligence analysts, nurses, veterans, and - ahem - law professors,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) tweeted. “I think we can handle it.” Porter is a tenured professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and sits on the Committee on Financial Services.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffLawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong Trump: Jews who vote Democrat show 'lack of knowledge or great disloyalty' Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, “There’s an old saying. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If neither the facts or law are on your side, pound the table. And then there’s whatever this is.”

Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteLawmakers criticize EPA draft rule for curbing rights to challenge pollution permits Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research MORE (D-Colo.) simply tweeted “Try us.”

Sanders made the comment to Fox News’ Chris Wallace in response to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealDemocrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Trump argues NY tax return case should take place in DC NY files motion to keep Trump tax returns lawsuit out of DC court MORE’s (D-Mass.) request for 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,” she added.

Trump has repeatedly claimed an ongoing audit prevents him from releasing his tax returns and claimed “the people don’t care” about seeing them. A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll indicated voters support the release of Trump’s tax returns by 51 percent to 36 percent.