USA committee raises concerns over Trump's deleted tweets

House Oversight Panel Issues Warning About Trump's Tweets, Encrypted Apps

The White House in a press release, touting what it sees as President Trump's accomplishments in his first 50 days in office.

Last week, for example, Trump posted and quickly deleted two tweets with incorrect spellings of "hereby" before ultimately tweeting out a corrected version. Given Trump's habit of deleting typo-filled tweets, the panel is questioning whether these posts have been properly archived in compliance with the Presidential Records Act.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the White House could be violating federal records laws when President Donald Trump's deletes his tweets. The letter mentioned that when Barack Obama was President, his administration utilized an auto-archiving method for accounts. The White House is being treated like it is the personal property of Donald Trump.

The letter credits the staff for using encryption to protect against any breaches (though White House staff was reportedly using the app to avoid media leaks) but criticizes use of such apps as a means of "circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws".


And there's been ongoing concerns not just about Trump's deleted tweets but the security of the Android phone he's been occasionally using to send the tweets.

The letter also warns that encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Confide could also pose conflicts under the law.

The letter to the White House requests information on any senior officials who have used "an alias email account" for official business, policies governing electronic communications, archiving procedures and systems, as well as any personnel training practices relating to the Presidential Records Act.

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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