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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE’s tax returns.

“If we are not smart enough to understand them, we will send them back,” tweeted Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale 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.

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“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 SchiffHouse votes against curtailing warrantless collection of Americans' data Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment 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 DeGetteBipartisan former EPA chiefs say Trump administration has abandoned agency's mission Congress: Expand access to physical therapy for underserved communities Overnight Energy: EPA to reconsider cost benefit analysis of air pollution rules | Interior gets new rules on free concert tickets | Dem challenges EPA for skipping hearing 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 NealHouse Dems release bills to renew tax breaks, expand tax credits for workers and families House Dems release bills to renew tax breaks, expand tax credits for workers and families Trump: My 'financial statement' will probably come out 'at some point' 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.