The DOJ Has Opened an Investigation Into the 15 Boxes Trump Took to Mar-a-Lago

The Department of Justice (DOJ), initiated an investigation into the 15 boxes that Donald Trump, former President, removed from the White House, and then transported to his Mar-a-Lago estate near Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump’s actions may have been illegal and In violation of federal lawsThat dictates how presidential records are to be handled.

Sources familiar with the boxes said that some of the records contained classified and sensitive information. They had been given to them. a “top secret” designationThe government.

Sources told us that the investigation into presidential documents handling is still in its infancy. The Washington Post. It’s currently unclear whether interviews of people with knowledge of the transfer or who helped handle the moving of the documents have begun, or whether the DOJ has started looking into exactly what the boxes contained.

Some Democrats in Congress have been critical of the Justice Department’s investigation so far — including House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), whose committee is also looking into the transfer of documents. Maloney stated that both sides seek to understand the situation better, but the DOJ refuses to allow the National Archives and Records Administration to share information about the 15 boxes with her committee.

“By blocking NARA from producing the documents requested by the Committee, the Department is obstructing the Committee’s investigation,” Maloney wrote in a letter to the DOJ.

The National Archives retrieved the boxes that Trump took from White House in February. Immediately afterward, the agency requested that the Justice Department investigate the manner in which the documents had been transported, and whether or not the materials should have been in the former president’s possession after his term expired.

Trump’s actions Could have been in violation the Presidential Records ActFederal law that requires all presidents adhere to strict standards in handling presidential documents. Violations of the law can result in fines and even prison sentences, although experts say that the statute doesn’t have much of an enforcement mechanism for former presidents.

Taylor Budowich, Trump’s spokesperson, was interviewed earlier this year. defended Trump’s removal of the documents, saying that the transfer was a “normal and routine process” for presidents, and that his action was “being weaponized by anonymous, politically motivated government sources to peddle Fake News.”

While there have been minor violations to the Presidential Records Act by presidents before Trump, experts have noted that Trump took a significant number of records from the White House. It was higher than the previous infractions.