White House shutters calls for Trump’s arrest

By Cheryl Chumley

The White House
The White House

A petition signed by more than 100,000 calling for the arrest of Donald Trump for supposedly “inciting violent acts” was nixed by the White House, effectively putting a stop to any attempt by anti-Trumpers to get the federal government involved in the Republican front-runner’s campaign-crowd control.

The request, posted on the We the People website, “falls outside the scope” of the terms of the site’s standards, due in large part to its law enforcement aspect, the White House said, in its terse response, NBC News reported.

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The terms of petition participation address this point specifically.

“To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts or state and local government in its response to a petition,” states the We the People Terms of Participation. “Where possible, we will notify signers of petitions whose content falls into these areas, in instances in which we don’t feel we will be able to respond meaningfully.”

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Petitioners had asked for Trump to be arrested, and the request was posted two days after he called off his campaign rally in Chicago due to concerns of clashes between supporters and protesters.

NBC News reported 101,491 ultimately signed it, but the White House shut it down and declined further comment.

The petition accused Trump of “inciting violent acts among his supporters” and said “he should be arrested and prosecuted for this.”

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