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President Donald Trump. Credit: The White House

President Donald Trump’s tweets are official government statements, Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge Monday.

The question of whether Trump’s tweets count as official statements is one that’s been on the minds of lawyers and legal scholars since the tweet-happy president took office. In a lawsuit pending in federal court in New York alleging Trump illegally blocks people on Twitter, the government has maintained Trump uses Twitter as a private platform. But in a filing Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., DOJ lawyers wrote that Trump’s tweets are “official statements of the president of the United States.”

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Cogan Schneier

Cogan Schneier is a Washington, D.C.-based litigation reporter covering D.C. courts, national litigation trends, the Justice Department and the federal judiciary. She is the author of Trump Watch, an email briefing that covers the Trump administration and its imprint on the law.

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