Social media is beginning to notice that the Whitehouse.gov website deleted pages related to LGBT issues and climate change almost immediately after Donald Trump completed the oath of office.
Add to that one more curiosity — the famed White House petition process appears to be thwarting an early attempt at asking the new president to release his tax returns.
A single petition is visible right now on the site, to “(i)mmediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.”
Petitioner “A.D.” asks the White House to release Trump’s returns because “(t)he 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.”
Many people who have tried to sign the get an error message, however.
A petition requires at least 150 signatures to be visible. The count on signatures has been reset several times over the last hour, however. This may be a technical problem, a function of web administrators mirroring the site under unusually-heavy hit volume. Or it could be Trump’s web team trying not to let the first petition of his administration be one this embarrassing.