On the 12th of June 2017, Democratic Representative Mike Quigley from the fifth district of Illinois proposed the COVFEFE Act to the House of Representatives, and since it has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The bill attempts to “amend section 2201 of title 44, United States Code, to require the preservation of Presidential social media accounts, and for other purposes”. The actual contents of the bill can be found at https://goo.gl/5SZJVN.
If this bill is passed it will preserve all tweets and other social media interactions from the president, by forcing the National Archives to store them.
The whole point of the bill is to hold the President accountable for all online interactions. This is extremely relevant due to current investigations into Trump, and other members of his cabinet and staff into their involvement with Russia during the campaign. It also aims to legitimise Sean Spicer’s previous statement that all tweets from the President should be “considered official statements by the President of the United States.”.
Despite the obvious satire in the name, poking fun at one of the Presidents tweets, it does address a serious issue, which is, what statements from the White House are the real statements from the President. This bill offers legal legitimacy, and helps clear issues with what the President means, and says.
If you wish to follow the path of this bill you can go to https://goo.gl/7i3jFK to see all actions, including which houses it gets passed through, and whether it is signed into law by the President or not.