WASHINGTON — The National Archives is still unsure whether it has custody of all of Donald Trump’s presidential records, even after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago club, a congressional committee said in a letter Tuesday. .
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform revealed that records staff in an Aug. 24 call could not guarantee they had all of Trump’s presidential records. In the letter, the committee asked the Archives to conduct an assessment to determine whether any records of Trump remained untraceable and potentially in his possession.
“In light of revelations that Mr. Trump’s representatives misled investigators that he was still in possession of government property and that documents found at his club included dozens of ’empty files’ for classified documents, I am deeply concerned that sensitive presidential records may remain beyond the control and custody of the U.S. government,” wrote Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., chair of the oversight committee. , in the letter.
The House committee has jurisdiction over the Presidential Records Act, a 1978 law that requires the preservation of White House records as property of the US government. The request is the latest development in a month of back-and-forth between the agency and the committee, which has been investigating Trump’s handling of the cases.
The request also comes weeks after the FBI recovered more than 100 documents with classified marks and even more than 10,000 other government documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The search came after Trump’s attorneys provided an affidavit that all government records had been returned.
Maloney and other Democratic lawmakers on the panel requested a briefing from the National Archives, but did not receive one due to the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.
But the letter notes a call between Archives staff and the committee on Aug. 24, where lawmakers were told documents could still be missing.
As a result, Maloney wrote, the committee is asking the agency to conduct an “urgent review” of all government records that have been filed at Trump’s White House to determine if any additional documents remain untraceable and potentially in possession. of the former president.
In addition, the committee also asked the Archives to obtain a personal certification from Trump “that he has turned over all presidential records that he unlawfully removed from the White House after leaving office.”
The committee is asking the Archives to provide an initial assessment of this review by September 27.