National Archives Says It’s Still Missing Docs Trump Removed From White House

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), in a Friday letter to the chair of the House Oversight Committee, noted that Trump administration officials had not yet submitted all records due to be returned under the terms of the Presidential Records Act.

Debra Steidel, acting archivist, wrote to the committee requesting that the agency be closed. will take action in order to retrieve the missing documents, including consulting with the Department of Justice (DOJ) “on whether ‘to initiate an action for the recovery of records unlawfully removed,’ as established under the Federal Records Act.”

“While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” Steidel Wall wrote in the letter.

Steidel Wall also noted that NARA has been unable to obtain records from “non-official electronic messaging accounts,” as members of the former administration did not copy or forward messages (e.g. email) to their official electronic message accounts, as required under law.

The letter from NARA was sent to Congress weeks after Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, the chair of House Oversight Committee. Submitted a letter to the agency stating that lawmakers were “concerned that, given this pattern of conduct, [former President Donald] Trump may continue to retain presidential records at non-secure locations” — perhaps even at other Trump properties — and that these documents could include “classified material that could endanger our nation’s security and other important records documenting Mr. Trump’s activities at the White House.”

NARA has been trying to get records Trump had in errorSince his departure from the White House, he has been gone for nearly two years. The agency continued to demand that Trump return the documents after his departure from the White House following his election loss to President Joe Biden. Trump had moved the documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida, in 2021. Trump and his lawyers did not relent after NARA threatened that Congress would be involved in the matter in 2021. Officials from this agency were allowed to collect some records on January 2022.

NARA reviewed the records retrieved and discovered that some of them were classified. NARA then contacted DOJ to investigate further. The department subpoenaed Trump and demanded that he return additional documents in June. It also required his legal counsel to confirm that there were no documents with classified markings in Trump’s possession. Following evidence showcasing that there were more documents at Mar-a-Lago marked as classified, a search warrant was executed in early August, during which 11,000 government documents were retrieved in total — Include more than 100 classified documents.

Since 2022, more than 300 classified documents have been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago by the DOJ.