WASHINGTON – A House committee on Friday expanded its investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s destruction and deletion of White House documents, asking for more information about the classified document found. Trump’s Florida property and reported that aides discovered the documents in the White House restroom during his tenure.
In a letter to the national archivist, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and chair of the Oversight Committee, said the panel was seeking a detailed description of the findings. contents of 15 boxes recovered from Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s Palm Beach complex, including their classification, and all records that he “torn, destroyed, mutilated, or attempted to tear, destroy, or mutilate.” She also said the panel wanted documents “regarding White House employees or contractors finding paper in toilets at the White House, including at the White House residence.”
The letter also seeks information about the findings of any federal request for classified material and any conversations with Mr. Trump about the Presidential Records Act or House policies. White on record keeping.
“The American people deserve to know the extent of what former President Trump did to conceal and destroy federal records and ensure that these abuses do not happen again,” she said. Maloney said in a statement.
National Archives confirmed in a letter to Ms. Maloney last week that it found classified information among documents Mr. Trump brought home to his Florida home when he left office last year and that it consulted with the Justice Department about this problem.
The archives did not describe the top secret document they found other than saying it was “classified information on national security”.
The National Archives also said in its letter that the Trump White House was unable to turn over the records including “several social media profiles”.
David S. Ferriero, national archivist, also writes that “some White House employees conduct official business using unofficial electronic messaging accounts that cannot be copied or forwarded. to their official e-messaging account”. The archives said it was in the process of retrieving some of those records.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland declined to say this week whether the Justice Department would open an investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of classified information.
“As the archivist said in a letter sent to Congress, the National Archives has informed the Department of Justice about this and contacted it,” Mr. Garland told reporters. “And we’re going to do what we always do in these cases – look at the facts and the law and take it from there.”
Trump’s penchant for tearing up presidential records was revealed in an article on Politico in 2018But over the past few weeks, a series of revelations have raised new questions about the Trump administration’s disobedience Federal record keeping law and handling secret information when Mr. Trump leaves office.
A book slated for release in October by a New York Times reporter has revealed how staff at the White House residence periodically discovered pieces of printed paper clogging toilets, leading them to believe Mr. Trump tried to discharge them.
In a statement last week, Mr Trump said the document had been moved to the archives as part of “a normal and regular process” and suggested Democrats’ efforts to raise questions about his handling of the document was a scam.
“Fake news is keeping me, as president of the United States, working in a records office,” he said.
Maloney warned in December 2020 that she believes the Trump administration is not complying with the Presidential Records Act. She writes a letter to Mr. Ferriero expressed what she called “serious concerns” that the departing administration “may not have adequately preserved the records and may be removing them.”
Miss Maloney announced this month that she is starting an investigationafter The Washington Post reported that Mr. Trump had destroy documents and shipped the boxes to his property in Florida instead of moving them into storage.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/us/politics/trump-classified-information.html House panel expands investigation into Trump’s handling of documents