President Trump loves his personal Twitter account. He regularly takes to it to vent on issues that are bothering him and to share his thoughts.
However, President Trump also has a tendency to tweet rapidly and then realize spelling or grammar errors after he has already sent out the tweet. He will then, sometimes, delete the tweet, fix the error, and send out a new one.
Case in point, President Trump sent out a tweet with “hereby” spelled as two words – “hear by.” He then deleted the first tweet and sent out a new tweet with the spelling changed to “hearby.”
There’s just one problem with his deleting and retweeting – he might be breaking federal law.
While deleting a tweet is no big deal for most people, it is an entirely different matter when it comes to the President of the United States.
Now, two congressmen, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) of the House Oversight Committee, are warning President Trump that if his tweets are not properly archived, he might be breaking the Presidential Records Act.
In a letter to White House counsel Donald McGahn II Wednesday, the two congressmen wrote that it had been reported that “President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act.”
The letter also warned that the use of encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Confide could pose issues with the law.
“The need for data security, however, does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws,” the representatives wrote.
Read the full letter here.