White House Tweets to Become Part of Presidential Records
Amidst talk about jobs, the retirement of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), the future of health care reform and the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was given the third-degree on his recent entry into the Twitter world at his daily press briefing today.
Like other electronic media connected to government officials, such as e-mail and Blackberry text messages, Twitter interactions are archived and thus subject to Congressional subpoena if warranted.
Members of the press corps, including CBS News’ chief White House tweeter, Mark Knoller, asked if the tweets of those who follow Gibbs on Twitter would be subject to the government archiving rules. Gibbs said he would ask the lawyers.