CLAIM

The Government Accountability Office is tracking emails sent supporting an audit of Donald Trump requested by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. See Example(s)

EXAMPLES

I just called the office of the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office and spoke with a very nice woman named Miss Mahoney. I told her I was calling in support of Senator Warren’s request to audit the President Elect’s finances for conflicts of interest. She noted my call. I also asked her what the most effective way to be sure my support counted, and she suggested I email two administrators. Their names are:

Katherine Siggerud -email: siggerudk@gao.gov
And Timothy Minelli -email: minellit@gao.gov

The text of my letter was one sentence:
“I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s request for an audit of our incoming President Elect’s finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.”

Someone added: Update: I called the number and was told they were not tracking phone calls, but the woman I spoke to gave me an e-mail,
congrel@gao.gov
through which they were tracking people who were urging support for an audit.”

Please do this as your daily act of resistance.

And please copy-paste this post to share away. Even if you’ve seen this on your feed a few times already, share and share. Some people will ignore this the first few times, but when it feels like *everyone else* is writing, they’ll do it, too. Maybe even me, maybe even YOU.

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WHAT'S TRUE

The Government Accountability Office plans to respond to requests it has received about Warren's letter to the agency.

WHAT'S FALSE

The GAO said it does not have a total count of how many e-mails it has received connected to the post.

ORIGIN

A campaign circulating online is seeking support for what it describes as an audit of president-elect Donald Trump requested by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts regarding his potential conflicts of interest.

The push to contact the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) originated with a social media user who said that he called the agency supporting the request to audit President-elect Donald Trump’s finances.

According to the original post, “a very nice woman named Miss Mahoney” suggested that he contact agency officials Tim Minelli and Katherine Siggerud and provided their email addresses. Another version of the post adds a second email address connected to Siggerud. The GAO confirmed the phone call, saying she acted appropriately in providing the email addresses. The post has since been copied and pasted across social media.

Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) did send the GAO a letter on 23 November 2016 asking the agency to review Trump’s business holdings. The letter asking it to consider several questions regarding Trump’s transition process, including:

To what extent have Mr. Trump’s conflicts of interest affected his presidential transition? What is the impact and potential impact of his refusal to set up a qualified blind trust to prevent conflicts of interest? Has Mr. Trump conducted Trump Organization business during the transition? Is there transparency with regard to his activity with his business interests? Have his conflicts potentially affected the policy positions of his new Administration? Have his family members maintained appropriate distance between the business of the Trump Organization and the presidential transition? How have Mr. Trump’s actions to prevent conflicts compared to actions taken by previous presidents?

However, the letter does not specifically mention an audit.

A GAO spokesperson confirmed on 30 November 2016 that the agency had received emails related to Warren’s request, and that the office planned to respond to each of them. However, it did not have “a total count or volume estimate” for the amount of messages it had received as of press time.  The lawmakers’ request is currently under review.