Friday, January 27, 2017

Congress: Require Trump to prove no Dakota Access Pipeline conflicts of interest

Trump's team claims he has no conflict of interest with the Dakota Access Pipeline, but their word is not enough.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

President Trump just signed an executive order that could allow work on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to proceed—threatening the water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and 17 million people who live and work along the shore of the Missouri River.1

Trump's team has claimed he has no conflict of interest, but their word is not enough. Will you sign and share this petition urging Congress to require Trump to prove he is not profiting off this executive order?

Require President Trump to provide the audit trail of papers proving he is no longer involved in any way, shape, or form with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Federal disclosure forms filed in May of 2016 showed that President Donald Trump held shares in Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66, both part of the DAPL entity. A Trump spokesperson announced that he had sold off his shares in Energy Transfer Partners, but the Trump team would not say whether he had sold his stake in Phillips 66.2

This presents a clear conflict of interest if he cannot prove he is fully divested of all interest in the pipeline, and was before he signed his executive order.

If the President has truly divested, he should easily be able to prove it and put the claim to rest. If he cannot, he has no business signing executive orders that cause conflicts of interest.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Roxanne Saxton


1. "Trump Pins Keystone, Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation," Bloomberg, January 24, 2017

2. "Trump Owns Stake In Hotly Disputed $3.8 Billion Oil Pipeline, Conflict Of Interest Looms," Forbes, November 26, 2016

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