President Trump’s voter fraud commission may have violated federal records laws by using personal email accounts to conduct commission work. The lawsuit brought by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity states that Justice Department attorneys revealed during a Sept. 1 meeting that commission members have been using personal email accounts rather than federal government-issued accounts to conduct commission-related work. The Verge was the first to report on the latest filing. “Such use of personal email violates the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which Congress amended in 2014 specifically to require that all persons covered by the PRA — including members of this Commission — use official federal government email to conduct government business,” the Lawyer’s Committee argued in a joint status report filed by attorneys for both parties in the suit.
The Lawyers’ Committee, which sued to force the commission to publicly turn over documents relating to the group’s work, said it’s “critically important” the commission “thoroughly search and log any emails from personal accounts used by Commissioners for Commission-related work.”
Justice Department attorneys said the commission does not “recall making any definitive statements as to email addresses being used by non-federal commissioners.”