DELETED WHITE HOUSE TWEET MAY BE AGAINST THE LAW
- November 6, 2022
Staff, Newsmax Instagram post
The White House deleted a tweet Wednesday crediting President Joe Biden’s leadership for a large increase in Social Security benefits that was actually an automatically triggered cost-of-living increase tied to inflation and based on a 1972 law. In doing so, it may have violated the Presidential Records Act, according to a government watchdog group.
In a Friday letter to U.S. National Archives Records Administration head Debra Wall and Attorney General Merrick Garland, among others, Protect the Public’s Trust, a nonpartisan group, said it is calling for a federal investigation regarding the now-deleted tweet based on the same laws that caused Garland and the FBI to execute a search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, earlier this year.
“Maintaining and preserving all official records pursuant to the Presidential Records Act is an important duty that is the responsibility of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration,” the letter read. “Outside of the unprecedented reliance on the Act to support a subpoena to search the home of a former U.S. President, the Act and its enforcement have historically received little attention. However, now that strict enforcement of the Act appears to be a high priority for the Archivist of the United States, and by extension the Department of Justice, we would like to bring to your attention a matter of serious concern as it applies to preserving the historical record of President Joseph Biden.”