President Donald Trump is reportedly fuming after a petition on the White House website asking him to release tax returns received more signatures than any other petition in the system’s history.
The petition 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.” It garnered an unprecedented number of signatures within 24 hours of the president’s inauguration according to The New York Times.
“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,” states a brief description of the petition.
As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had over 368,000 signatures, surpassing the previous record of 367,180. The previous record-holder called for the United States government to “legally recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.”
The site, which was created by former President Barack, still states that a petition with at least 100,000 signatures will get an official response.
A spokesman for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the petition.
Trump has broken with four decades of precedent by refusing to release his personal tax returns, and Americans are concerned that he could use the presidency for personal financial gain.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway reaffirmed on Sunday that Trump doesn’t plan to release his returns, even after the audit is completed.
“We litigated this all through the election,” Conway said on ABC. “People didn’t care.”
However, the petition clearly shows that we the people do care.