Democrats have accused White House aides of flouting federal records laws, particularly the Presidential Records Act
. Cummings pointed to evidence that Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has used WhatsApp to conduct official White House business.
That would renew Republican-led congressional probes that had languished since last year when reports by Politico revealed that Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, and other White House officials had been using private email for government purposes in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act
and other federal record-keeping laws.
The Presidential Records Act
requires all official White House communications and records be preserved.
According to the(http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1978-act.html) Presidential Records Act
of 1978 , any records created during a presidential term, which includes the records created on electronic platforms like email, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube related to "constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President," are governed by the(https://www.archives.gov/about/laws/presidential-records.html#2204) PRA and can be made available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.
In his biography, Obama describes himself as "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States." But the ordinary guy routine ends there: The page also notes that comments and messages may be archived according to the Presidential Records Act
In addition, the White House archives Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus content to comply with the Presidential Records Act
Other CRS reports related to departing Presidents include CRS Report R40238, The Presidential Records Act
: Background and Recent Issues for Congress, by Wendy Ginsberg; and CRS Report R41513, The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries, by Wendy Ginsberg and Erika K.
"Nixon's Ghost Haunts the Presidential Records Act
: The Reagan and George W.
The conservative watchdog group says the tapes are official presidential records subject to the Presidential Records Act
(PRA), however, NARA maintains the tapes are not official presidential records but rather personal papers of Clinton.
In 1978, the United States resolved this issue by setting out clear rules in the Presidential Records Act
, but in the absence of an equivalent statute in Bulgaria, the question arises of what becomes of records held by offices such as that of the President.
Ostensibly, the solicitation is intended to ensure that the government is in compliance with the Presidential Records Act
by capturing comments, postings, statements, photos, videos and any other information posted by personnel from the Executive Office of the President on any Web site where the White House maintains a presence.