Items marked as ‘classified national security information’ were discovered in boxes kept in former US president’s mansion
A total of 15 boxes recently returned to the US National Archives from Donald Trump’s private residence in Florida contained items marked as classified, the agency revealed on Friday. A letter sent to a House of Representatives committee investigating Trump’s alleged mishandling of presidential records says the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has uncovered classified data and has been in communication with the Department of justice about it.
“NARA has identified items marked as classified national security information in the boxesArchivist David Ferriero said in the document addressed to Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney.
“Some social media recordsthat had not been retained by the Trump administration have also been identified by the government agency, which is now trying to obtain some of these records.
During Trump’s presidency, his staff “conducted official business using unofficial email accountsthe archivist wrote, adding that the correspondence was not copied or forwarded to official accounts, as required by law under the Presidential Archives Act.
Some paper documents may also have been lost, according to NARA. He said that although Trump staff recovered and saved some of the papers torn up by the former president before giving them to the archives, “a number of other torn documents that were transferred had not been pieced together by the White House.”
“These new revelations reinforce my concern over former President Trump’s blatant disregard for federal records law and the potential impact on our historical records.Maloney said in a statement Friday.
The National Archives is continuing its inventory of the boxes, the letter adds, indicating that it expects to complete the process by the end of next week. Meanwhile, Trump’s representatives continue to search for additional documents to be turned over to the Archives.
The House committee has been investigating Trump’s handling of government documents and other sensitive documents during and after his time in the White House since it became known that boxes containing such documents had been found in his residence. Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. They were located and transferred last month to NARA through cooperation with the former president’s representatives throughout 2021, the agency said. He had previously pointed out that “NARA officials did not visit or “loot” the Mar-a-Lago property.”
Under the Presidential Records Act, enacted in 1978 following the Watergate scandal, all records created by presidents must be turned over to the National Archives at the end of their term and are considered state property. Attempting to intentionally conceal or destroy them is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
Trump has previously denied alleged mishandling of official records, calling it “another fake story.”
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