President Trump has stated on multiple occasions that he sees Twitter as a key communication platform for sharing his "unfiltered" message with the general public.
However, the House Oversight Committee is raising concerns pertaining to record-keeping of messages on communication tools like Twitter and other apps.
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In a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday, committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings note, in part, "...President Trump uses at least two Twitter accounts...Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved. It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act."
Chaffetz and Cummings also said, "Recent news reports suggest federal employees may increasingly be turning to new forms of electronic communication, including encrypted messaging applications...that could result in the creation of presidential or federal records that would be unlikely or impossible to preserve..."
While recognizing the benefits of such apps, they add, "the data security...does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal record keeping and transparency laws."
In the letter, Chaffetz and Cummings go on to ask the White House to provide certain information in order to better understand its processes relating to keeping such records.