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Sarah Sanders: Democrats in Congress are not ‘smart enough’ to understand Trump’s tax returns

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s tax returns should not be released because Democrats in Congress are not “smart enough” to understand them.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Sanders if Trump would flout the law and block the IRS from releasing his tax returns after they were requested by a congressional committee.

“The president has been clear from the beginning,” Sanders insisted. “As long as his taxes are under audit, he’s not going to release them.”

“Will he tell the IRS not to release them?” Wallace pressed.

“We’ll have to see what happens on that front,” Sanders replied. “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 [is] for the purpose of determining policy.”

The press secretary argued that Democrats are making a request that “has nothing to do with policy.”

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“This is all about political partisanship,” she said. “This is a dangerous, dangerous road,” she added. “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.”

“Most of them probably don’t do their own taxes,” Sanders concluded. “And I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”

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Hope Hicks called Trump’s plan for Jeff Sessions ‘odd’ — but White House lawyers blocked her from elaborating why

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By all accounts, ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was not particularly forthcoming in her interview with the House Judiciary Committee — but according to the 273-page transcript of the closed-door hearing released on Thursday, she did begin to discuss a key point at which President Donald Trump potentially obstructed justice — until White House lawyers sitting with her intervened.

CNN's Manu Raju explained the details to Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

"She did answer some questions about her time in the campaign season, and at one point did make one reference to something that later became a dispute," said Raju. "She was asked about the details in the Mueller report in which the president tried to get Jeff Sessions, the then-Attorney General, to un-recuse himself, to go back and oversee the Russia investigation after he had stepped aside from overseeing it."

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Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening

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In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.

FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.

"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.

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Navy SEAL murder trial witness claims he killed prisoner

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A witness in the court-martial trial of an elite US Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive teenage militant while deployed in Iraq testified on Thursday that it was he -- not the defendant -- who put an end to the boy's life.

Corey Scott, a first class petty officer, told the military court in San Diego that while he had seen Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stab the wounded Islamic State group fighter in the neck in May 2017, he had killed the boy afterwards.

He testified that he covered the victim's breathing tube with his thumb and then watched him die.

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