Congress warns Donald Trump: Stop deleting your tweets
When President Donald Trump or a member of his staff deletes a tweet, they may be violating federal law, two top congressmen warned the White House this week.
Republican representative Jason Chaffetz and Democrat Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the White House saying deleting tweets could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.
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Both the Freedom of Information Act and Presidential Records Act require the commander in chief to preserve all records of federal government actions and communications, including his Twitter feed. The lawmakers address that in their letter:
“Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved,” they wrote, referring to both Trump’s personal @realDonaldTrump account and his official @POTUS account.
President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act.
“It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act,” Chaffetz and Cummings wrote in the letter.
Trump will often delete misspelled tweets. Over the weekend, he deleted two tweets that misspelled the word “hereby.”