The National Archives and Records Administration has informed the House Oversight and Reform Committee that some Trump White House records have not been released in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.
in a letter On Friday to panel chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall said the National Archives is still trying to retrieve records of Trump administration officials who “conducted official business using accounts.” unofficial electronic messaging.
“While there is no easy way to establish absolute liability, we know that we do not have custody of everything that we should,” Wall wrote.
She said the National Archives would consult with the Justice Department on whether to “initiate an action for the recovery of illegally deleted records.”
Wall noted that the Justice Department sued former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro for official email records. Navarro has also been ordered to stand trial next month for contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena from the House of Representatives.
Wall also did not indicate whether former President Donald Trump had turned over all presidential records and referred Maloney to the Justice Department in light of his investigation.
Maloney said in a statement that it is “outrageous” that some Trump White House records remain “missing for 20 months” after his presidency ended.
“Trump and his high-level team have shown utter disregard for the rule of law and our national security by failing to return presidential records as required by law,” Maloney said. “I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that all Trump White House presidential records are returned to government custody and make sure these abuses never happen again.”
Maloney asked the National Archives last month to review whether Trump still has any records he took from the White House after the FBI found more than 100 classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Maloney wrote in a letter to Wall that he is concerned that “sensitive presidential records may remain outside the control and custody” of the federal government due to “revelations that Mr. Trump’s representatives misled investigators about his continued possession of property.” from the government and that the material found at his club included dozens of ’empty folders’ for classified material.
Maloney also requested Trump’s written certification confirming that he had not made copies or transferred the presidential records to anyone other than the National Archives or the Justice Department.