The House Oversight and Reform Committee has launched an investigation into boxes of Trump administration records recovered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
According to The Hill:
In a letter to David S. Ferriero, archivist to the United States, committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said she was “deeply concerned that these records were not provided to NARA promptly at the end of the Trump Administration and that they appear to have been removed from the White House in violation of the Presidential Records Act (PRA).”
She said she was also concerned about recent reports that suggested “President Trump repeatedly attempted to destroy presidential records, which could constitute additional serious violations of the PRA.”
Maloney asked Ferriero to provide answers to a list of questions she had regarding the recovered presidential records, including if they knew about any other records that were missing from the Trump White House and a description of the types of records they had retrieved from Mar-a-Lago.
The announcement of the investigation came several days after a report by The Washington Post that said that 15 boxes had been retrieved by the National Archives, potentially in violation of the Presidential Records Act because they reportedly included important documents such as gifts, letters and communication records from world leaders.
The National Archives has asked the Department of Justice to investigate Trump’s handling of documents during his time in the White House.
Trump addressed the boxes of records in a message through his Save America PAC.
“The papers were given easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis, which is different from the accounts being drawn up by the Fake News Media. In fact, it was viewed as routine and ‘no big deal,’” he said.