Katie Porter: ‘I’ll take that bet’ Congress isn’t ‘smart enough’ to review Trump’s tax returns

April 15, 2019 GMT

Rep. Katie Porter responded Monday to comments made by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sunday claiming congressional Democrats were not “smart enough” to review President Trump’s tax returns if they obtain them.

“I’ll take that bet anytime. I do my own taxes. I’m a law professor. I serve with a number of really bright people, folks who’ve owned small businesses, folks who have been venture capitalists, and what’s more important, we have the legal duty to do so,” the California Democrat said on CNN’s “Newsroom” show.

Ms. Porter added Mrs. Sanders attacks on “the intelligence” of Congress is a play out of Mr. Trump’s playbook to question “anyone in government who doesn’t want to do what he wants to do.”


“There may or may not be anything to see in Donald Trump’s tax returns, but that’s the job of Congress to take a look and let the American public know. I very much hope he complies with the legal requirement to provide his taxes, and I have every confidence that my colleagues and I are capable and smart enough. I’m trained in tax law. I’m a legal professor. I’m ready to take a look,” she continued.

Mrs. Sanders called House Democrats’ request for six years of Mr. Trump’s tax returns a “disgusting overreach” while speaking on “Fox News Sunday.”

“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,” Mrs. Sanders told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

“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,” she said, adding that attempts to obtain the returns are “a disgusting overreach.”

House Democrats have set an April 23rd deadline to receive Mr. Trump’s tax returns.