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House Oversight Members Want to Know If Trump Is Breaking Law By Deleting Tweets

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 04:45 PM

The top two lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee want to know how the Trump administration preserves electronic records, raising concerns that President Donald Trump may be violating federal law by deleting some tweets.

Committee chairman, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and ranking member, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, made the request to White House Counsel Don McGahn in a letter sent Wednesday, Axios reported on Thursday.

In the letter, the lawmakers referred to Trump's use of "at least two Twitter accounts" — the official @POTUS and his longtime handle, @realDonaldTrump – and deleted tweets.

The Independent reported last month that a deleted posts from the president included a "meeting" of senior military figures at his Mar-a-Lago resort last month.

The lawmakers said that if those deleted tweets "were not archived it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act."

The lawmakers also referenced the use by federal employees of encrypted chat apps "that could result in the creation of presidential or federal records that would be unlikely or impossible to preserve," mentioning Confide, Signal and WhatsApp.

"The need for data security ... does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws," they wrote.

The pair wrote that they want a response by March 22.

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