American Patriots Deleting Presidential Records: Ivanka’s Destruction of Evidence of an Ongoing Conspiracy

Yesterday, the Archives sent a letter to Carolyn Maloney, Chair of House Oversight on all the shortcomings in the production of social media records under the Donald Trump White House. He describes that efforts to capture the former president’s tweets were insufficient. He then explains that no effort was made to capture content deleted from social media by other White House staff.

The Trump White House has taken no steps to capture content deleted from any Trump administration social media accounts other than @realDonaldTrump or @POTUS before listing them on ArchiveSocial. As with @realDonaldTrump, many other Trump administration social media accounts weren’t listed until the summer or fall of 2018, even though those accounts were active for more than a year prior to the announcement. registration, period during which the contents of deleted or modified presidential records were not captured. Other accounts were not listed until just before the end of administration.

It then lists seven people whose Twitter traffic has not been picked up by the White House. Ivanka was among those seven.

NARA has identified seven Twitter accounts that we believe contain information about presidential records, but were not captured by the Trump administration. These accounts belonged to Andrew Giuliani, Chad Gilmartin, Ivanka Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Kellyanne Conway, Mark Meadows and Peter Navarro. After the end of the administration, NARA obtained the publicly available tweets from these accounts to complete its archival collection.

It matters because Ivanka tweeted things on January 6 that are at the heart of FBI and select committee investigations into that day, including a tweet in which she encouraged the rioters, but called on them to steer clear. violence.

This is the tweet she quoted in a statement released after the select committee urged her to formally disavow her father’s deal with multiple conspiracies.

Ivanka Trump has just learned that the January 6 Committee has released a public letter asking her to appear. As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally. As she stated publicly that day at 3:15 p.m., “Any breach of security or lack of respect for our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.

But like CNN reported the day of the riot, Ivanka deleted the tweet minutes after sending it, violating the Presidential Archives Act. (h/t SB to remind me that she had deleted tweets)

As the Guardian reported on Thursdaythe select committee considers subpoenaing Ivanka.

The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol is considering issuing a subpoena to Ivanka Trump to force her to cooperate with the investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to return to power on January 6, a source says. close to the file.

Any move to subpoena Ivanka Trump and, for the first time, to force a member of Trump’s own family to testify against him, would mark a dramatic escalation in the Jan. 6 investigation that could be a legal and political moment. treacherous for the former president.

The panel is not expected to take the crucial step at this time, the source said, and the prospect of a subpoena for the former president’s daughter emerged during discussions of the options remaining after she seemed to refuse a request for voluntary cooperation.

But the fact that members of the select committee have begun to discuss a subpoena suggests they believe he may eventually take such a step – and the threat of legal action if she defies it – to ensure his appearance at the trial. a deposition at the Capitol.

If they subpoena her, she will be obligated by law to hand over all relevant documents to date, including this tweet she sent, saluting the rioters who had obstructed the certification of the vote, but denying violence.

The Archives seems to believe that it may be unable to produce an original copy of this tweet. (That would be the case if she was among the people whose tweets “were not enlisted [in the archiving system] until just before the end of administration. “)

The Presidential Records Act has no legal teeth. Ivanka won’t be in legal trouble for deleting this tweet herself. But given that she (and the White House) had a positive obligation to ensure this was archived, having it removed may pose other kinds of legal risks to her.

Likewise, as you’ve probably heard, Judge Amit Mehta upheld part of the conspiracy charges against the former president based, in part, on a reading that Trump’s later tweets encouraging the rioters could be seen as condoning violence. here is this decisionto which I will return.

Updated to clarify that this may have been automatically archived, depending on if and when his tweets were entered into the auto-archive system.


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