And the people, apparently, want to see Trump's tax returns.
One petition, created Friday, asks the administration to “immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns” and says it wants Trump to not be in conflict with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
“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,” the petition says.
Less than a day after the petition was created, it eclipsed the 100,000-signature mark — enough to elicit an official response from the White House, at least according to the Obama-era promise that remains on the petitions page.
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, issued a response on national television Sunday morning.
“The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns,” she told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week.” “We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care, they voted for him. And let me make this very clear, most Americans are very concerned with what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”
As The Washington Post's John Wagner reported: A Post-ABC poll last week showed that Trump’s continued refusal to release his tax returns continues to be an unpopular decision, with 74 percent of Americans saying he should make the documents public, including 53 percent of Republicans.
Presidents, Wagner noted, are not required to release their tax returns, but presidents dating back to Richard Nixon have routinely done so voluntarily.
There were a handful of other petitions created during inauguration weekend.
Another petition also focuses on Trump's money, demanding he “divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets.” One asked Trump to resign. Another sought the repeal of the National Firearms Act, removing restrictions on gun ownership.
But by far, the most popular petition was the one demanding Trump's tax returns: As of Monday morning, it had been signed by more than 250,000 people.
It seeks documentation about “foreign influences and financial interests” that could put Trump in conflict with the Emoluments Clause.
The little-known constitutional provision prohibits a president from accepting a gift or a benefit from a foreign leader. It was drafted by the Founding Fathers to prevent the leaders of the fledgling United States from being under the financial thumb of a foreign country like France or England.
But Trump's critics say the billionaire businessman was violating the Constitution the moment he swore an oath to protect and defend it.
Ron Fein, the legal director at Free Speech for People, told The Post's Matea Gold that there are several examples of Trump violating the Emoluments Clause, including rent paid by the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China for its space in Trump Tower in New York and spending by foreign diplomats at the Trump properties, including his hotel in Washington, a few blocks from his new home.
Sunday night, The Post reported that a liberal watchdog group says it plans to file a lawsuit against President Trump in federal court on Monday alleging that he is in violation of the Emoluments Clause.
Trump has claimed he would donate profits from foreign business clients to the U.S. Treasury, although he hasn't said exactly how he'd track, collect and disburse such payments, according to Gold.
And even if he's found to be in violation of the Emoluments Clause, it is unclear whether a violation of it qualifies as “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors” that could lead to Trump's impeachment.
Trump's refusal to release his tax returns became a heated issue on the campaign trail.
On Jan. 11, during Trump's first official news conference since winning the election, he continued to resist suggestions to release the returns.
“The only ones that care about my tax returns are the reporters,” Trump said. “You learn very little from a tax return.”
Trump also pointed to an ongoing audit as the reason he couldn't release his tax returns.
“I'm not releasing the tax returns because as you know they're under audit,” he said.
This post has been updated.