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Trash the records, guess we should have seen this coming

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It is ironic that one of the beefs opponents had of the Clintons was (they claimed) that they thought they played by a different set of rules than everyone else.

This news really should set the nations hair on fire. Once David Kay Johnston said auditors went in to look at the books for one of Trump's businesses and they were such a mess no one could make heads nor tails of them. I guess this is the White House version of that ploy. Destroy records, leave no trace, do what you want.

Two government watchdog groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Trump and the Executive Office of the President.

The complaint alleges that White House staffers' widely reported use of encrypted messaging apps, such as Signal and Confide, for internal communication violates the Presidential Records Act.

In the lawsuit, the groups claim the Trump administration has "failed to adopt adequate policies and guidelines to maintain and preserve presidential records."

Encrypted messaging apps automatically delete messages, which would prevent those communications from being archived.

"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."

Presidential records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act while a president is in office. However, they become eligible under the PRA five years (and 12 years for classified material) after a president leaves office.

Additionally, the lawsuit draws attention to Trump's use of his personal Twitter account. Under the Obama administration, social media posts were included as a type of communication to be archived under the PRA.

Any of Trump's statements made on Twitter are subject to federal record keeping, and the lawsuit argues that any deleted tweets would count as a violation of the PRA as well.

The lawsuit points to an instance in November when Trump deleted a tweet about meeting with generals at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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