President Trump’s Tweets are now official statements of legal record
Trump’s Tweets ‘Official Statements,’ Spicer Says
WASHINGTON — It’s official — the president’s tweets, that is. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump’s tweets should be taken as official statements, contradicting other White House officials who have tamped down on the official nature of the tweets in recent days.
“The president is president of the United States,” Spicer said, “so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.” As it was during his candidacy, Trump’s Twitter usage has been a cornerstone of his presidency — often offering a window into his thinking, sometimes at the expense of his administration’s own messaging. Despite bipartisan complaints about his continued 140-character habit, Trump has persisted in making his views known on social media.
The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
The Presidential Records Act of 1978
Since these are now acknowledged as official statements, and mindful of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 (44 U.S.C. 2201-2209) I’d like to ask the following (possibly poorly-phrased) questions …
(1) Will he be breaking federal law if he deletes them?
(2) Has he broken federal law by previously deleting them?
(3) Must he unblock the people he’s blocked?
(4) Is he obligated to compose and transmit them from a secure device?
(5) What if that device isn’t secure? [*]
(6) What government entity will be archiving these?
(7) Will citizens be able to access that archive via FOIA?
(8) Since the PRA stipulates that VP records must be treated the
same way, is Pence now covered by all this as well?
[*] I’m not an attorney, but I do work in security. The President’s
phone just became the biggest target on the planet.
How many billion dollars would it be worth to any government which could take control of it?