The National Archives and Records Administration says it is missing records from the Trump administration that say they were supposed to be released at the end of his term.
“While there is no easy way to establish absolute liability, we know we don’t have custody of everything that we should,” archivist Debra Steidel Wall said in a letter to the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reports.
Wall explained that the National Archives did not have some messages sent and received by members of the Trump administration that were sent to unofficial accounts while doing business for the president.
“NARA has been able to obtain such records from a number of former officials and will continue to seek the return of similar types of presidential records from former officials,” the letter said. “As appropriate, NARA would consult with the Department of Justice on whether to ‘initiate an action for the recovery of illegally deleted records’, as established in the Federal Records Act.”
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The letter declined to answer whether Trump turned over all of his presidential records, instead directing that question to the Justice Department.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said the Constitution and the Presidential Records Act side with the former president.
“The National Archives didn’t seem to have a problem with past presidents storing records in unsecured, abandoned furniture warehouses across the street from a McDonald’s,” Harrington said, “but they do seem to have a problem with the Constitution that they put a ‘ harmful content warning label and the Presidential Records Act, both of which side with President Trump.”
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“Former President 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,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. of the House of Representatives a statement on Saturday.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that all Trump White House presidential records are returned to government custody and to ensure that these abuses never happen again,” Maloney added.
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Trump is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Justice Department over documents that resulted in the FBI raiding his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida in August.