House Oversight Committee Asks Archives to Assess Whether White House Files Remain in Trump’s Possession
In a letter sent Tuesday to the Acting Archivist of the United States, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) urged the Archives to “seek personal certification from Donald Trump that he has turned over all records presidential appointments he illegally removed from the White House after leaving office.
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Maloney also called on the agency to “conduct an urgent review of presidential records recovered from Trump’s White House to assess whether presidential records remain untraceable and potentially in the former president’s possession.”
In the six-page letter, Maloney outlined his concerns about the dozens of empty folders containing classified documents recovered by the FBI during the Aug. 8 search of the former president’s residence at his Mar-a-Lago Club, writing that “sensitive presidential records may remain outside the control and custody of the U.S. government.
“While it is not clear from the inventory list why these folders were empty, the apparent separation of classified documents and presidential files from their designated folders raises questions as to how the documents were stored and whether sensitive documents may have been lost or obtained by third parties. parties,” Maloney wrote.
The president called for an initial assessment of the archives’ findings by September 27 and also called on Congress to consider possible legislative revisions to the Presidential Archives Act.