Friday, February 24, 2017

White House Petition Demanding Trump Release Tax Returns Receives Over 1 Million Signatures

Back in 2011 President Barack Obama created the White House petition system in order to increase government accessibility to the common man. The site requires a participant to post a simple petition and if said petition garners at least 100,000 signatures within 60 days if a petition the White House must provide an official response

That brings us to today as a petition on the White House website that demanded the immediate release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns has received over ten times the required amount with 1,070,689 million signatures.

The petition, which closed Sunday, asks the federal government to...

immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance. The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution,

Not only did the Trump tax release petition surpass the 100,000 signature threshold within 24 hours it subsequently broke the petition website’s record. It has even gone on to inspire a New York Times editorial.

Although the White House has claimed in the past that the Trump administration will maintain the online petition system it is unclear if they plan to respond to this petition or any other petitions that get 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

The writing seems to be on the all as far as Trump's release his tax returns as White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said last month he had no intention of doing so, claiming people "aren’t interested".

The petition seems to prove that there is an alternate fact to Conway's assertion.

In related news Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has the authority to obtain an individual’s tax returns and can then vote on whether to release them to the public, thwarted an attempt by Democrats last week to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

FACT CHECK: Until the Trump Tax release petition broke the record for the White House website the previous record-holder was a petition demanding the Westboro Baptist Church be designated a hate group.

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