The National Archives says some records of Trump officials are still missing

The National Archives told the House Oversight Committee that it has yet to retrieve all records from Trump administration officials that should have been turned over under the Presidential Records Act.

As established under the Federal Records Act, the Archives will consult with the Department of Justice “about whether to initiate an action to recover illegally removed records,” Acting Archives Officer Debra Steidl Wall said in a letter sent Friday to the committee chair, Carolyn B. Maloney (DNY.).

Steidel Wall added that the Archives could not obtain federal records related to “unofficial electronic messaging accounts that were not copied or forwarded to their official electronic messaging accounts.” He noted that presidential advisers are required by law to send such messages to their official accounts.

“While there’s no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we know we’re not holding everything we should,” Steidl Wall wrote, according to a letter provided to The Washington Post.

Trump and the Mar-a-Lago Papers: A Chronology

Quoted by Steidl Wall A case in progress Filed by the Justice Department on behalf of the National Archives against former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for failing to turn over private emails involving official White House business while he served in the Trump administration.

Under the Presidential Records Act, the President, the Vice President and the President’s immediate staff and anyone advising the President must preserve records and telephone calls related to official duties.

Although the latest letter referred to Trump officials, the spotlight on former President Donald Trump and the documents he kept after leaving the White House has increased since the court-authorized FBI search of the Mar-a-Lago club on Aug. 8.

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FBI More than 300 confidential documents have been recovered From Mar-a-Lago this year: 184 of the 15 boxes sent to the National Archives and Records Administration in January, 38 more turned over to investigators by Trump’s attorney in June, and more than 100 additional documents discovered in August. 8 Search.

In In September, Maloney asked the archives Assess whether Trump has surrendered all presidential records or classified material. In his latest letter, Steidl deferred to Wall’s ongoing investigation by the Justice Department.

Maloney said the latest revelation is troubling.

“The National Archives has confirmed to the Oversight Committee that it has not yet received all presidential records from the Trump White House,” Maloney said in a statement. “Presidential records are the property of the American people, and it is outrageous that former President Trump remains unaccounted for 20 months after he left office.”

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