Apparently, Donald Trump still has not returned all of the presidential records, allegedly. The National Archives and Records Administration released a letter to the House Oversight Committee explaining.
The ex-president allegedly kept a large number of records meant for the National Archive loosely stored around Mar-a-Lago. Some were even more secret than top secret, but the previous president contended he has a right to them.
The Washington Post detailed what the FBI recovered:
‘The FBI has recovered more than 300 classified documents from Mar-a-Lago this year: 184 in a set of 15 boxes sent to the National Archives and Records Administration in January, 38 more handed over by a Trump lawyer to investigators in June, and more than 100 additional documents found in the Aug. 8 search.’
This news occurred even as the ex-president was waring in court with the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the records the FBI seized at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.
The National Archives did not address whether Trump had them or not. The point was that the records were still missing. In Maloney’s September 13 letter, the had asked the Acting archivist to look for, according to The Axios:
‘[A] personal certification from Donald Trump that he has surrendered all presidential records that he illegally removed from the White House.’
Chair of the Oversight Committee Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) received the letter from acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall who wrote:
‘While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should.’
‘[T]hat the missing pieces were, and this gave the archivist more than a pause. NARA has been able to obtain such records from a number of former officials and will continue to pursue the return of similar types of Presidential records from former officials.’
The committed chair wrote to Wall requesting the National Archive to perform an “urgent review:”
‘[Conduct an] urgent review [of] whether presidential records remain unaccounted for and potentially in the possession of the former president.’
Wall had no answers to reporters’ questions about the files at Mar-a-Lago. Typically, the National Archivists are illusive, quite closed-mouthed, and nonpolitical. She wrote Maloney:
“With respect to the second issue concerning whether former President Trump has surrendered all presidential records, we respectfully refer you to the Department of Justice in light of its ongoing investigation.’
The Archives confirmed the documents were still missing:
‘The National Archives has confirmed to the Oversight Committee that they still have not received all presidential records from the Trump White House.’
‘I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that all presidential records from the Trump White House are returned to the custody of the government and to make sure these abuses never happen again.’
The FBI and the National Archive will work together to “initiate an action for the recovery of records unlawfully removed.” Especially about the case of its lawsuit against former White House advisor Peter Navarro last month.
Watch this space.
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