Trump Illegally Deleted Presidential Records, Now He’s Being Sued For It
Donald Trump has just been sued by two government watchdogs for his lack of record keeping. Both groups have said that the president has violated federal law and the Constitution by destroying presidential records.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, both filed a lawsuit on Thursday in federal court in D.C.
“From early on in this Administration, White House staff have used and…continue to use certain email messaging applications that destroy the contents of messages as soon as they are read, without regard to whether the messages are presidential records,” the suit states.
“Presidential statements made on Twitter sent from the President’s personal Twitter account, which are subject to federal record-keeping obligations, have been destroyed.”
In the lawsuit, it also states that the White House staffers are using secret apps to communicate, which is also a violation of the law. The White House has denied those accusations.
“The White House doesn’t permit the use of apps such as this and works diligently to ensure all staff comply with The Presidential Records Act,” a White House official tells Newsweek.
“Plaintiffs bring this action at a time when allegations of potential misconduct and questionable decision-making have been leveled against President Donald J. Trump and other, high-level White House officials,” the suit states, adding that Trump’s actions have been questioned as illegal.
“These questions can be resolved only through access to contemporaneous records that explain what the President did and why.”
According to the lawsuit, there was at least one report that stated that White House aides deleted potentially compromising information from their phones. If the report is true, the staffers would be violating the Presidential Records Act.
“The American people not only deserve to know how their government is making important decisions, it’s the law,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.
“By deleting these records, the White House is destroying essential historical records.”