Whaleoil transcript: Wikileaks & Trump’s tax returns. Part three

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Fox News:

Okay. I?m trying to ask some questions. Let?s do a lightning round because I got three more questions, I want to ask you ? quick questions, quick answers. The Justice Department has now charged?

Sarah:

I?ll do my best.

Fox News:

I?ll do my best too. The Justice Department has now charged Julian Assange with conspiracy to hack into Defence Department computers. Here?s what the president said about Wikileaks during the campaign and then this week.

?Wikileaks, I love Wikileaks. This Wikileaks is like a treasure trove. I love reading those Wikileaks.?

?I know nothing about Wikileaks, it?s not my thing.?

How can the president say he knows nothing about Wikileaks, remember lightning round, and does he regard Julian Assange as a villain or a hero?

Sarah:

Look, clearly the president was making a joke during the 2016 campaign, certainly we take this seriously? in fact our administration is the only one that?s done anything about it. Let?s not forget that the reason Julian Assange has been looked at is because of the engagement he had with Chelsea Manning. That individual is the person that the Obama administration actually commuted their sentence. We are the only ones that have taken this whole process seriously and actually doing something to solve the problem.

Fox News:

Okay.

Sarah:

President was making a joke during the campaign; he was talking about the specifics of the case during that moment.

Fox News:

It was a joke he made over and over again, but ah, in any case, let me ask you about Ilhan Omar. The president tweeted a video Friday of the speech that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar made, intercutting it with images of 9/11. Take a look.

Omar: ?some people did something?? [Image of 9/11]

Now that was the only five seconds, we felt comfortable showing. It goes on in a much worse way of her seeming, no question about it, to minimise 9/11, and then horrible images of 9/11. I guess two questions: one ? (it was on for 43 seconds like that) is the president? why is the president comfortable putting up horrible images like that? And secondly, does he worry at all about inciting violence against Muslims in general, or Ilhan Omar in specifics?

Sarah:

Certainly nothing could be further from the truth. The president is not trying to incite violence against anybody ? he?s actually speaking out against it. The question is: why isn?t the congresswoman? why is she brushing this off dismissively? She continues to make anti-Semitic comments ah? over and over again and Democrats refuse to call her out for it. If she continues to do it the president will continue to call her out, call her out by name. He?s not going to be ashamed ? nor should he be ? only shame I see in this is that Democrats and others aren?t standing up and taking the same hard?

Fox News:

Okay.

Sarah:

? the same hard line that the president is. That was one of the? the most horrific moments in American history and for her to talk about it in such a dismissive way is? ah? frankly disgusting and abhorrent and I?m glad the president is calling her out and holding her accountable for it.

Fox News:

Okay, final question, and we have just blown through all kinds of lightning round rules, I?m not sure you?ll be invited back for lightning rounds after that.

Sarah:

You are not asking me ?yesses ?noes? ?

Fox News:

I know, I know. All right, I will try better this time. House Democrats have now given the IRS nine more days to turn over six years of Trump tax returns. Here?s what the president said about that this week:

Trump: ?While I?m under audit I would not give my taxes? ah? there?s no law whatsoever??

Will the president demand that the IRS not turn over his tax returns or will he live, this is I think pretty close to a yes or no, or will he live with whatever the IRS decides?

Sarah:

The president has been clear from the beginning? ah? as long as his taxes are under audit, he?s not going to release them. He?s also ah? filled out hundreds of pages in financial disclosure?

Fox News:

I know but?

Sarah:

I think one of the main things?

Fox News:

? will he tell the IRS not to?

Sarah:

Hold on Chris, listen, this is a really important point?

Fox News:

Will he tell the IRS not to release them?

Sarah:

We will have to see what happens on that front but the president?s been clear. This issue has even been litigated. We went through it in 2016 but 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. This has nothing to do with whether or not they?re going to determine policy. This is all about political partisanship.

This is a dangerous, dangerous road and frankly Chris, I don?t think Congress, particularly not this group of Congressmen and Congresswomen are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President?s Trump?s taxes will be. 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. He?s filled out hundreds of pages in a financial disclosure form and I think it is a?

Fox News:

Have you? have you?

Sarah:

Disgusting overreach that they are making?

Fox News:

All right.

Sarah:

?when they are not doing this based on policy and it makes every American who?s filled out tax reform? or tax forms in the past a?

Fox News:

This is a? this is a yes or no question: have you filed your taxes yet.

Sarah:

I?m almost finished, I?m in the process, just a couple more days.

Fox News:

I?m asking for an extension. So, thank you. Thanks for your time, always good to talk with you.

Sarah:

You bet, thanks Chris.

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