I know you all remember the hoopla about Hillary Clinton’s private email server. And, I am sure you all remember how Donald Trump said she should be “locked up” for deleting some of her emails. There have been what seems like hundreds of Congressional investigations into this matter, and Mr. Unethical Chaffetz says he plans on more.
Only, there is something that needs to be looked at too. Only this time it isn’t about Hillary Clinton it is about Donald Trump. I know that as usual he made an ass of himself yesterday with all of his lies about the attendance at his inauguration and his despicable performance at the CIA. But, did president trump break the law yesterday?
At 1157 yesterday, our president tweeted: “I am honered to serve you, the great American people, as your 45th President of the United States!” You may notice that he misspelled “honored”. That isn’t the problem. The problem and possible breaking of the law came when he deleted the tweet and reposted it with the correct spelling.
You are saying, what does that have to do with breaking the law? In 1978, Congress passed a law called the Presidential Record Act which requires all communications from or received by the president to be preserved.
Hmmm. Since the original tweet was “from the president” it is required to be preserved. Yet, the president deleted that tweet. On the face of things in a literal manner, he broke the law and illegally deleted a tweet that was supposed to be preserved. Sound familiar?
Of course this also brings up a whole lot of questions. What happens if trump in his early tweet rantings says something stupid about one of our allies or enemies? Can he then delete the tweet and pretend it didn’t happen? According to the law, no he cannot.
It is bad enough we have a 5 year-old with a twitter account that is not managed very well. Now that same 5 year-old is going to be the president of our country and his loose lips, or rather fingers, can lead to many problems around the world.
But, if he realizes that he made a mistake and tries to hide that mistake by deleting the tweet, he is violating the Presidential Records Act. Which means his supporters should start chanting “lock him up”.
The whole point here is that we live in a world that is totally different than the age trump wants us to move backwards to. In the era before World War II there wasn’t such social media.
Since Watergate we have seen a lot of laws that tend to make the presidency and other elected officials more transparent. Even though there was no social media and twitter in 1978, the language in the law appeared to predict changes. That is why it reads all communications sent by or received by the president is to be preserved.
Since our current president doesn’t like to read, maybe he should have someone else read the law for him and tell him he cannot delete tweets anymore. Maybe, that will make him actually think before his fingers go to work.
This little incident is a prelude of things to come and further exemplifies just how unqualified he is for the office he was elected to. Mr. Chaffetz has shown his disdain for “deleted emails” and he should show his disdain for deleted tweets, too.
As Republicans have said about Hillary Clinton, the law is the law. They better hold trump to the same standards and investigate his private twitter account and how many tweets he deletes now that he is president.
Fair is fair.