WASHINGTON – The National Archives confirmed on Friday that it had found top-secret information among documents that President Donald J. Trump had brought from the White House to his Florida home and that they had questioned. opinion of the Ministry of Justice on this matter.
The agency “identified items marked as classified national security information in boxes,” according to a alphabet posted on the National Archives and Records Management website was sent to Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and chair of the House Oversight Committee, who scrutinized how he was Trump handles presidential records.
“As NARA identified information that had been classified in the boxes, NARA staff contacted the Department of Justice,” wrote the letter, written by David S. Ferriero, national archivist.
Over the past two weeks, a series of revelations have raised new questions about whether Mr Comply with federal record keeping laws or mishandling categorical information after he left office. The National Archives said in the letter Friday that Trump’s White House had failed to turn over records that included “several social media profiles.”
Ferriero also wrote that “some White House employees conduct official business using informal electronic messaging accounts that cannot be copied or forwarded to official electronic messaging accounts.” their”. The archives said it was in the process of retrieving some of those records.
The revelation that Mr. Trump had classified information among documents he had brought from the White House prompted Democrats to claim hypocrisy. Mr. Trump made attacking Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of national security documents a focus of his 2016 presidential campaign.
In January, after lengthy negotiations between his lawyers and the National Archives, 15 boxes of materials that Mr. Trump took from the White House was returned to the National Archives. Boxes containing items such as official letters, White House documents and gifts are considered presidential records, are government property and are believed to be housed at the National Archives.
“In June 2018, NARA learned from a press at Politico that the written presidential records have been torn up by former President Trump and that White House staff are trying to tape them together,” the archives said in the letter to Ms. Maloney on Friday. .
The letter added: “The White House Counsel’s Office has indicated that it will resolve the matter. Following the end of the Trump administration, NARA learned that additional paper records that had been torn up by former President Trump were included in the records that were forwarded to us. Although White House staffers in the Trump administration recovered and recorded some of the tattered records, several other tattered records that were delivered were not reconstructed by the White House.”
Other new information casts doubt on Trump’s handling of government records. Among the documents returned to the National Archives were several that archivists believe have been classified, The New York Times reported. It is also report that a book slated for release in October by a Times reporter revealed how staff in the White House residence periodically discovered pieces of printed paper clogging the toilet, leading them to believe that he Trump tried to flush them.
The former president’s use of cell phones to conduct official business activities can also lead to gaps in the official White House log of his calls on January 6, 2021, obstructing the House Select Committee’s investigation into the Capitol riots. If Mr. Trump did not preserve cell phone records and did not turn them over to the National Archives, that would also be a violation of the law.
Ms. Maloney warned as early as December 2020 that she believes the Trump administration is not complying with the Presidential Records Act. She wrote a alphabet Ferriero, the national archivist, expressed what she called “serious concerns” that the outgoing administration “may not have adequately preserved the records and may be processing them.”
A few weeks after the Capitol riots, Ms. Maloney request huge documents from the National Archives, including documents and communications before, during, and after the January 6 attacks related to the electoral college vote count and the protests and planned violence. Then, last week, Ms. Maloney announced that she is starting an investigation Following reports in The Washington Post that Mr. Trump destroyed the documents and moved the boxes to his property in Florida instead of handing them over to the National Archives and Records Administration.
“I am deeply concerned that these files were not provided to NARA in a timely manner 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.” Ms. Maloney said in a letter, adding that Trump’s copying of documents “could constitute an additional serious violation” of federal law.
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