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National Archives Still Not Certain It Has All Trump Records, House Committee Says


WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives continues to be not certain that it has custody of all Donald Trump’s presidential records even after the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago club, a congressional committee said in a letter Tuesday.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform revealed that staff on the Archives on an Aug. 24 call couldn’t provide assurances that they’ve all of Trump’s presidential records. The committee within the letter asked the Archives to conduct an assessment of whether any Trump records remain unaccounted for and potentially in his possession.

“In light of revelations that Mr. Trump’s representatives misled investigators about his continued possession of presidency property and that material found at his club included dozens of ‘empty folders’ for classified material, I’m deeply concerned that sensitive presidential records may remain out of the control and custody of the U.S. Government,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, wrote within the letter.

The House committee has jurisdiction over the Presidential Records Act, a 1978 law that requires the preservation of White House documents as property of the U.S. government. The request is the most recent development in a monthslong back-and-forth between the agency and the committee, which has been investigating Trump’s handling of records.

The request also comes weeks after the FBI recovered greater than 100 documents with classified markings and even greater than 10,000 other government documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The search got here after lawyers for Trump provided a sworn certification that every one government records had been returned.

Maloney and other Democratic lawmakers on the panel have been searching for a briefing from the National Archives, but haven’t received one due to the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.

However the letter notes a call between Archives staff and the committee on Aug. 24, where lawmakers were informed that documents could still be missing.

Because of this, Maloney wrote, the committee is asking the agency to conduct an “urgent review” of all of the federal government records which were recorded from the Trump White House to find out whether any additional records remain unaccounted for and potentially within the possession of the previous president.

As well as, the committee also asked for the Archives to get a private certification from Trump “that he has surrendered all presidential records that he illegally faraway from the White House after leaving office.”

The committee is asking the Archives to offer an initial assessment of this review by Sept. 27.

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