House Oversight Committee seeks more information on Trump’s handling of White House records

In a letter sent Thursday evening to Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Maloney requested a “detailed description of the contents of the boxes recovered from Mar-a-Lago … and identification of all items that are classified and Ranking Level” by March 10.

She also asked for a description of any potential review by other federal agencies of the contents of the recovered boxes, any presidential records transferred to the Archives that Trump “ripped up, destroyed, mutilated, or attempted to tear up, destroy, or mutilate,” and communications between the Trump White House and the Archives related to the Presidential Records Act.

“I am deeply concerned that former President Trump may have violated the law through his intentional efforts to suppress and destroy documents belonging to the American people,” Maloney wrote. “This committee plans to get to the bottom of what happened and assess whether further action is needed to prevent the destruction of additional presidential records and recover those records that are still missing.”

The letter suggests the Maloney-led House committee was expanding its efforts to investigate the extent of potential violations of the Archives Act under Trump, who frequently flouted legal requirements to safeguard documents produced during his presidency and, at times, , seemed determined to destroy the archives instead. .

The letter cited revelations from the archives that the Trump White House had failed to capture presidential records on social media platforms and “continued to search for missing Trump administration records” due to staffers. from the White House who were conducting official business “using unofficial email.” accounts that have not been copied or forwarded to their official email accounts.

Maloney requested all documents and communications between Trump White House officials regarding the use of personal accounts for official business, the destruction of presidential records, the discovery of “paper in the toilet” at the White House or in the White House residence, and communications with Trump about the Presidential Records Act.

Maloney added a priority request from former White House chiefs of staff Mark Meadows, John F. Kelly and Reince Priebus; former White House attorney Donald McGahn and Mark Meadows; former White House Assistant Counsel Stefan Passantino; and former assistants Nicholas Luna, Derek Lyons, Robert Porter and Madeleine Westerhout.

Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed that the Department of Justice had been in contact with the Archives about the discovery of classified material in boxes taken from Mar-a-Lago earlier this week, but stopped short in promising a full investigation.

“As the archivist said in a letter that was sent to Congress, the National Archives informed the Department of Justice and communicated with them. And we will do what we always do in these circumstances – look at the facts and the law and go from there,” Garland replied when asked if the department would investigate how the boxes got to Mar-a- The girlfriend.


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