A petition asking that President Trump release his tax returns has now received more signatures than any other petition in the White House website’s five-year history.
The petitions demands that Mr. Trump follow through with his promise during the campaign that he would release his tax returns to the public. It demands that the federal government explain what it is doing to “immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.”
Just 24 hours after Mr. Trump’s inauguration, the petition garnered over 100,000 signatures.
As the New York Times reports, the petition exists so that,
“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.”
On Thursday afternoon, the petition surpassed 368,000 signatures. The previous petition record was 367,180 — for a petition that called for the government to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.
Mr. Trump has broken with decades of precedent in refusing to release his tax returns. While this is not a requirement to hold office, past presidential nominees have followed the practice so as to put any concerns about them attempting to use the presidency for personal financial gain to rest.