Why Congress is concerned about Trump's deleted tweets

Why Congress is concerned about Trump's deleted tweets

In stepping up legal challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban Democratic attorneys general are trying to use the court system to thwart the executive branch in the same way their GOP counterparts.

Last week, for example, Trump posted and quickly deleted two tweets with incorrect spellings of "hereby" before ultimately tweeting out a corrected version. When he deleted this tweets or any others, according to the House Oversight Committee, he is violating the Presidential Records Act.

In a letter addressed to White House counsel Donald McGahn, committee chairman Republican Jason Chaffetz and Democrat Elijah Cummings voiced their concerns over Trump's tendency to delete tweets and the administration's record-keeping practices, particularly on social media.

On Wednesday, the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the White House expressing concern about the way Trump deletes those typo-filled tweets, preventing them from being cataloged properly by the Presidential Records Act.

Former President Barack Obama's administration took action to auto archive any tweets sent out of Obama's account to avoid a violation of the law.

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

It said: 'Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved.

Federal employees must also comply with a similar Act - the Federal Records Act - to preserve their communications.

Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record.

The lawmakers requested answers from both the White House and agencies by March 22.

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