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Fri Oct 13, 2017, 09:21 AM

4. ask and you shall recieve

Press reports that Trump administration staffers were using special messaging applications designed to destroy the contents of communications inspired a lawsuit by two open government groups.

The lawsuit, filed in June by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, wanted a federal court to rule that "knowing use" of such burn-after-reading apps and the failure of the administration to issue policy on such apps are violations of the Presidential Records Act.

The Justice Department, in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, argues that the president has near-total authority over the disposition of presidential records under the law. The government is basing its arguments on a pair of cases from the early 1990s, known in the federal records bar as Armstrong I and Armstrong II, which cover the disposition of electronic records from the National Security Council, and the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act to presidential materials. The motion sets out what read like sweeping authorities for the president when it comes to materials under the Presidential Records Act.

Two government watchdog groups on Thursday sued President Donald Trump over his record keeping, accusing the president of violating federal law and the Constitution by destroying presidential records instead of preserving them so they could eventually be made public.

The groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, filed the lawsuit Thursday morning in federal court in the District of Colombia.

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“From early on in this Administration, White House staff have used and…continue to use certain email messaging applications that destroy the contents of messages as soon as they are read, without regard to whether the messages are presidential records,” the suit states

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