President Trump has just been served a court complaint by the United States District of Columbia for illegally destroying key conversations between him and dies, advisers, contractors, lobbyists, and others.
The court document alleges that the Trump administration used an “auto-delete” app called Confide that routinely erases messages after they’re read, a direct violation of the Presidential Records Act of 2014, which makes those conversations a matter of “historical record.” Basically, any communications a president or the vice president has, it has to be preserved. Trump didn’t do that.
Basically, any communications a president or the vice president has, it has to be preserved. Trump didn’t do that.
Did Trump hide his conversations to protect himself in the obstruction of justice probe against him? This only makes it worse.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Spokesman Jordan Libowitz said that the only viable reason Trump would employ use of such an app is to keep certain conversations “secret from the American people.”
Trump previously criticized Hillary Clinton during the presidential election for using a private email server and then complained that she “deleted 33,000 emails” after getting a subpoena. Talk about hypocrisy. Let’s not forget that the FBI decided not to prosecute her after concluding that she violated no laws.
“There has never been anything like this,” Trump said at an Oct. 9 event in St. Louis. “You get a subpoena, and after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 emails.”
Here are past remarks from Trump saying he hoped Russia found Clinton’s deleted emails. Maybe they can produce his deleted conversations, too?
“They (Russia) probably have her 33,000 deleted emails. I hope they do because you’d see some beauties there.”
This likely isn’t going to help Trump in the expanding Russia investigation against him, that includes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice probe. Already reports indicate that he has issued subpoena’s of Trump’s personal bank accounts, along with phone records. Since it’s an official court order, refusal to comply can result in contempt of court charge, punishable by jail, a fine, or both. Hopefully, Trump didn’t delete those, as well.
The lawsuit against Trump also states (although on a much lighter note) that whenever Trump deletes tweets from his Twitter account, it is also protected by the Presidential Records Act.
The White House has yet to issue a comment.
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