Oversight committee concerned about Trump deleting tweets

Janie Parker
March 11, 2017

That's according to Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, respectively.

Two members of Congress sent the White House a warning letter on Wednesday, informing the administration that Donald Trump and his staff might be violating federal law whenever they delete one of the president's tweets, the Huffington Post reports.

Though the previous administration did not use Twitter in the same way, the oversight committe noted in their letter that President Obama's Twitter account was equipped with an auto-archiving program which saved each tweet issued in the president's name, usually signed "-O". The White House is being treated like it is the personal property of Donald Trump.

While the lawmakers acknowledge that encrypted messaging apps such as Signal, Confide and WhatsApp could offer protection against cyber breaches, "the need for data security. does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws".

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Federal employees must also comply with a similar Act - the Federal Records Act - to preserve their communications. They write: "Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved".

The president is known for ranting on the social media platform and attacking his perceived enemies through his accounts.

The Presidential Records Act makes it the responsibility of the President to preserve and maintain presidential records.

The letter closes by requesting the White House submit names of federal employees who have used private emails and what its policy is when it comes to archiving those emails.

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