The petition website ”We the People” has served yet another plea by the American people, this time for President Donald Trump to release his full tax returns.
”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,” reads the online document.
This petition, along with another calling for the President to divest all business and financial assets, emerged just hours after Trump was inaugurated into the United States presidency, according to Fortune.
The divestment petition currently stands at just under 30,000 signatures out of 100,000 required.
The petition calling for Trump’s tax returns has exceeded the critical mass of 100,000 signatures needed for the document to get attention from the White House.
It is unknown as of yet how the White House will respond to the petition request.
The document accumulated 2,762 signatures within the first three hours after Trump’s presidential inauguration, according to Politico.
During the campaign trail, Trump shrugged off requests for his tax returns, saying repeatedly that Americans ”don’t care at all” about them.
In his own defense, Trump cited the fact that he was under audit by the IRS as the reason that he could not release his tax records.
Authorities have reportedly told ABC News that, by not severing financial ties to his own businesses, Trump may be violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
Trump’s lawyer, Sheri Dillon, has said that Trump is not mandated by the Constitution to take any action further than to ”completely isolate [him] from the management of the company,” according to ABC News.
Dillon was referring to Trump’s actions to pass on the reigns of his businesses to his two sons, and move all his assets into a trust.
Sources: Politico, We The People, Fortune, ABC News/Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr