President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter is well known by now.
Even the ones with typos.
And, in a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress, the leaders of the House Oversight Committee want to make sure Trump is taking proper care to ensure the electronic records of his Twitter missives are preserved.
Republican Jason Chaffetz, the committee chairman, and Democrat Elijah Cummings, the ranking member, sent a letter to White House lawyer Don McGhan asking the White House to tell the committee about “policies and procedures” to ensure tweets and other social media accounts “are properly secured and preserved as presidential records.”
Trump has deleted several tweets from his accounts since becoming president, usually to fix typos. The letter addresses those deleted messages. “If those tweets were not archived it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act,” the letter states.
Trump posted the same tweet three times over the weekend as he worked to correct the spelling of “hereby.”
ProPublica keeps an archive of Trump’s deleted tweets.
The letter addresses much more than just the president’s use of Twitter, calling into question the White House’s email policies and archiving system.
It also brings up the use of “encrypted messaging applications like Signal, Confide and WhatsApp,” wondering if those platforms “could result in the creation of presidential or federal records that would be unlikely or impossible to preserve.”
The committee wants answers from the White House by March 22, according to Axios.