DOJ Says Trump Can Destroy Records Without Judicial Review

The Covefe Response.

It's a question that pops up pretty much every time that Donald Trump deletes a tweet: Is he violating the Presidential Records Act?

In a court filing Friday, not only do attorneys at the Justice Department say that courts can't review this, but they also argue that when it comes to laws pertaining to government record-keeping, judicial review would be inappropriate even if Trump deleted secret recordings with administration officials or even if his staff purged phone records because they expected to be subpoenaed in connection with various investigations. [...]

In particular, CREW nodded to news reports that White House staffers were using Signal to send encrypted, disappearing messages as well as resorting to the secret chat app Confide to duck any record preservation. Also mentioning Trump's famous tweet implying a taped conversation with former FBI Director James Comey and the president's repeated deletion of social media messages, the plaintiff is asking for injunctive relief compelling Trump and his staff to comply with duties under the Presidential Records Act. [...]

Trump is most concerned with allegations directed at the use of disappearing messages and the consolidation of power to evade disclosure, but does tackle the other stuff in a footnote. This appears to be the first time that the Trump Administration has addressed whether deleting tweets is a violation of law.

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2 Responses:

  1. Magnus says:

    So if this would violate the law, does that mean no President could ever use snapchat?

  2. anon3494 says:

    The GIF maker is truly doing God's work.

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