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A congressional panel will examine Trump's decision to remove White House documents

The House Oversight Committee chair is looking for answers to questions about the removal of 15 boxes White House documents from former President Trump's Florida home. This latest twist in the story of Trump's handling of official records during and after his tenure in office is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee.

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A congressional panel will examine Trump's decision to remove White House documents

A congressional panel will examine Trump's decision to remove White House documents

The House Oversight Committee chair is looking for answers to questions about the removal of 15 boxes White House documents from former President Trump's Florida home. This latest twist in the story of Trump's handling of official records during and after his tenure in office is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wrote to David Ferriero the U.S. Archivist seeking information on the records that the National Archives and Records Administration(NARA), recently recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

Trump's attempt to block records being released to the Jan. 6 panel by Trump is denied by the Supreme Court

Trump's attempt to block records being released to the Jan. 6 panel by Trump is denied by the Supreme Court

Maloney wrote, "I am deeply worried that these records weren't provided to NARA quickly at the end Trump Administration and that it appears that they were removed from the White House under the Presidential Records Act (PRA)." Recent reports indicate that President Trump attempted to destroy presidential records several times while in office. This could be a serious violation of the PRA.

Maloney pointed to recent Washington Post reports that Trump had ripped up many documents during his time in office. These included briefings, letters, and memos. Staffers then taped them back together. Maloney contacted NARA to request a response by February 18th. She noted that the PRA "preserves records made by a sitting President, while giving legal ownership to those records to the American People," and was created after Nixon's attempts at destroying presidential records during the Watergate scandal.

NPR was informed by the Archives that they had recovered records from Trump in late 2017. They "cooperatively obtained the cooperation of Trump representatives to locate Presidential records which were not transferred to the National Archives at Trump's end." NARA secured the transportation of records to Washington after a representative reported to NARA that they had found some records. NARA officials didn't visit the Mar-a-Lago property or 'raid it'.

Trump denied reports that he had disposed of papers in the White House toilet. Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter, has written a book about how engineers were called on multiple occasions to clear the White House toilets of paper-covered papers.

Trump stated that the report was "categorically false" and was simply fabricated by a reporter to gain publicity for a mostly fictional book.

Trump stated that he handed the documents over to NARA after "collaborative, respectful discussions." Some of the information will be displayed in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library so that the public can see my Administration's amazing achievements for the American People.

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