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 TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE’s tax returns.

“If we are not smart enough to understand them, we will send them back,” tweeted Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns Civil rights attorney confronts Candace Owens on Fox News Lieu fires back at GOP lawmaker who claims he was 'owned' by Candace Owens: 'She said what she said' 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment Dems digging into Trump finances post-Mueller 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 DeGetteAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age House Democrats probe Trump administration's funding of anti-abortion group Dems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns 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 NealDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Dems digging into Trump finances post-Mueller On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars 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.