President Donald Trump has been warned by Congress he may be breaking the law by deleting his misspelt tweets.
The House Oversight Committee has written to the President warning him against deleting Tweets from either his official @POTUS or @realDonaldTrump accounts.
The letter was sent on Wednesday to White House Counsel Don McGahn, reminding the President of his obligations concerning public records.
Donald Trump has been warned against deleting misspelt tweets as this could be a breach of the Presidential Records Act which obliges official correspondence to be archived
Twitter users noticed Trump deleted a number of tweets due to spelling mistakes
The warning letter was sent by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The letter from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent by chairman Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz and the Democrat ranking member Elijah Cummings, clearly states at tweets are public records.
‘Federal recordkeeping and government transparency laws such as the Presidential Records Act ensure the official business of the federal government is properly preserved and accessible to the American public.’
The letter warns the acts cover records ‘created or received’ by the President, Vice President, immediate staff and individuals in the Executive Office ‘whose function is to advise or assist the President’.
The committee expressed particular concern that White House staff might be using ‘encrypted messaging applications like Signal, Confide, and WhatsApp’.
The Committee advised Trump that it keeps updating the rules to account for new technology
The letter warned about the dangers of White House staff using encrypted messaging apps
The Committee warned President Trump against deleting tweets on his two accounts
The letter said such apps might make it ‘unlikely or impossible to preserve’ the records.
‘Generally, strong encryption is the best defense against cyber breaches by outside actors, and can preserve the integrity of decision-making communications.
‘The need for data security, however, does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws.’
The committee also specifically warned Trump over his use of the official account and his personal Twitter handle.
It said: ‘Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved. 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.’
The committee advised Trump to set up an auto-archiving system similar to the one instituted by the Obama administration.
According to the letter, the committee has set the Administration a deadline of March 22 to address their concerns.
The committee wants a list of all senior officials covered by the acts who have used ‘alias email accounts’ to conduct official business since the inauguration.
The administration will also have to hand over a copy of its written policy advising on compliance with the record keeping acts.
The committee also wants evidence about the training received by White House staff for complying with the record acts.
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