Members of Congress Issue a Warning to Trump About Deleting His Tweets

The US House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform is raising concerns about how the White House archives President Donald Trump's tweets from his personal account.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Wednesday sent a letter to the White House and 55 federal agencies, including all Cabinet departments, requesting information on how they are each complying with the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act. Like on Friday when it took him three tries to get a tweet up with the word "hereby" correctly spelled. "To avoid this problem, the Obama Administration instituted auto-archiving capabilities on its Twitter accounts".

If Trump deleted the posts without archiving, and without consulting with the Archivist, this would indeed appear to be in violation of the Presidential Records Act.

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Chaffetz and Cummings also warned the administration that using encrypted messaging apps, like Signal, could be against the law.

"Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved", the Congressmen wrote.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.

While its hard to imagine that President Trump could face real backlash from simply deleting a few tweets, this is virtually uncharted territory in regards to the Presidential Records Act.

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