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Panel: Archives unsure whether Trump gave up all records

- By Luke Broadwater

WASHINGTON — The National Archives has informed congressio­nal aides that it is unsure whether former President Donald Trump has surrendere­d all the presidenti­al records he removed from the White House, even after months of negotiatio­ns, a subpoena and a search of his Florida property, according to the House Oversight Committee.

The archives staff “recently informed the committee that the agency is not certain whether all presidenti­al records are in its custody,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the committee, wrote in a letter Tuesday to Debra Steidel Wall, the acting national archivist.

In her letter, Maloney requested a formal assessment from the archives of what presidenti­al records, if any, removed from the White House by Trump remained unaccounte­d for and whether the archives believed they were potentiall­y still in his possession.

The committee is requesting that the agency “conduct an urgent review of presidenti­al records from the Trump administra­tion to identify any presidenti­al records or categories of presidenti­al records, whether textual or electronic, that NARA has reason to believe may still be outside of the agency’s custody and control,” Maloney wrote, referring to the National Archives and Records Administra­tion.

“Please also assess any other limitation­s on the completene­ss, accuracy and accessibil­ity of presidenti­al records provided to NARA by the Trump administra­tion,” the letter says.

The letter asked the archives to complete an initial assessment and provide its findings to the committee by Sept. 27.

The federal government tried and failed for more than a year and a half to retrieve classified and sensitive documents from Trump before resorting Aug. 8 to a search of his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, according to government documents and statements by his lawyers.

Two months before the Mar-a-Lago search, one of Trump’s lawyers certified that all documents bearing classified markings had been returned and that no “copy, written notation or reproducti­on of any kind was retained.”

 ?? WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY ?? Former President Trump golfs Tuesday in Virginia. His Florida estate was searched Aug. 8.
WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY Former President Trump golfs Tuesday in Virginia. His Florida estate was searched Aug. 8.

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