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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