Will National Archives Investigate Trump Over Mar-a-Lago Documents?

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Several lawmakers are pushing the National Archives to officially investigate the documents that left the White House and Donald Trump took to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office. 

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is concerned about the documents, and has requested information related to opening a probe.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the oversight committee, said Trump apparently violated the Presidential Records Act by keeping some records and destroying – or trying to destroy – other documents from his presidency.

“I am deeply concerned that these records were not provided to NARA promptly at the end of the Trump Administration and that they appear to have been removed from the White House in violation of the Presidential Records Act,” Maloney said in a letter to the National Archives.

In a written statement, Trump said he had “collaborative and respectful discussions” with the National Archives over the 15 boxes of documents that he said “contained letters, records, newspapers, magazines, and various articles.”

The National Archives has yet to offer any kind of statement in response to the oversights urgings, when asked for a comment by USA Today, the agency replied said. “We do not comment on potential or ongoing investigations.” 

The news outlet said that the Justice Department also declined comment.

In her letter, Maloney asked for an explanation of the delay in document production, details of the contents of the boxes, whether classified material is included and a description of records that Trump destroyed or tried to destroy.

Her letter requested a response by Feb. 18.

Maloney also noted that Trump accused Hillary Clinton, his 2016 election opponent, of breaking the law through her use of personal email to conduct government business while she was secretary of State.

The National Archives asked the Department of Justice for guidance on Trump’s handling of documents, said a person briefed on the matter. The DOJ in turn said the Inspector General at the National Archives should examine the material first.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said the president has done nothing wrong, “The Fake News machine, powered by anonymous and politically-motivated sources, is running in overdrive this week, and the leftist media is complicit in spreading these lies. These reports are all missing one key component: evidence.”

Trump has been fighting with the government over presidential documents since leaving office, especially the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in which a mob stormed the Capitol to try and overturn his election loss to President Joe Biden.

Trump went to court seeking to block the National Archives from releasing documents to the committee, calling it a “politically motivated fishing expedition.” The Supreme Court disagreed and cleared the way for the Archives to provide the documents to the Jan. 6 committee.

The Archives’ attempts to secure Trump’s 15 boxes of documents appears to be a separate matter, albeit one shrouded in secrecy.

In his statement, Trump said media accounts portraying a contentious back-and-forth with the National Archives and Records Administration are false, and that “it was a great honor” to work with officials there.

“The papers were given easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis,” Trump said.

4 Comments
  1. ONLYJB1 says

    This has gotten to be reDICKulous. I wish I could put my finger on it, but why does this man hold so much in the minds of DC politicians. THEY ABSOLUTELY FEAR THIS MAN. DC and MSM committed TREASON to keep Trump from a second term. They all should HANG! It’s past time to stop pussyfooting around with this.

  2. Marlopi says

    Of course they will. They are too stupid to remember all of their failures that have gone before while trying to discredit President Trump. Besides they don’t care how they spend WORKING American’s money. The Communist Democrat Party is a disgrace to America and all things decent.

  3. pat marler says

    ITS BECAUSE THE DEM. ARE DAMED

  4. Non your business says

    Top secret documents in a brown box outside a secure facility? ….but, but her emails…put him in front of the congressional hearings for 11 hours. Let’s see how 45 does…the stable genius, lol.

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