White House petition asking Trump to release tax returns reaches 100,000 signatures

Trump must respond within 60 days
Posted at 12:38 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-21 16:34:20-05

(CNN) -- The first petition on the White House's page for citizens to petition has its first entry mere hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in — and it's a request for him "immediately" release his full tax returns.

It took less than 24 hours for the petition to reach its goal of 100,000 signatures. Now, President Trump must issue a response to the petition.

"Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance," the petition reads.

The reason, the petition cites, is to make sure Trump's business dealings doesn't conflict with his government dealings.

The White House is now required to give an official update within 60 days.

A second petition was submitted to the White House website moments later. That petition asks Trump to "Divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets.

"In keeping with tradition and to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest, corruption, and violations of the emoluments clause of the US Constitution, President Trump should divest his financial and business holdings or have them administered by a truly blind trust," it reads.

That petition is currently just about halfway to its goal with more than 43,000 signatures. That petition has until Feb. 19 to reach its goal.