Former President Trump has allegedly picked Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff, as well as the defense attorneys from his very first impeachment situation to take care of asks for his White House documents, based on reports.
The records are now the land of their National Archives and Records Administration.
While all incoming presidents select agents to take care of government records, the options are noteworthy as Trump heads into another impeachment trial, Business Insider initial reported.
Besides Meadows, the agents include Pat Cipollone, former White House counselor; John Eisenberg, former National Security Council legal advisor; Steven Engel, who led the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel; and Patrick Philbin, Scott Gast, along with Michael Purpura, who served as deputy White House advises and defended Trump through his impeachment trial, the socket reported, citing the National Archives press office.
"The folks on this record were exactly the very same attorneys from the White House counsel's office that shot extreme positions against Congress and refused to make docs from the first impeachment," Neil Eggleston, former White House counsel from the Obama White House, informed that the socket. "We can just expect they'll recognize the responsibility of the government to collaborate in the next."
Business Insider reported the existing White House, Congress and the judiciary have access to the documents but Trump's agents can attempt to withhold it by asserting executive privilege because his attorneys didn't the House through the initial impeachment.
The documents may also be key to some other legal problems Trump confronts post-impeachment.
The files will not be accessible for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests until 2026 and a few files may be limited to another seven years then, based on Business Insider.
Trump was initially impeached by the House in December 2019 about"misuse of power" and"barrier of Congress" charges on a telephone call with the president of Ukraine where he supposedly asked the nation to research his soon-to-be rival, Joe Biden.
Considering that Trump's term ended Wednesday, for the first time ever, the Senate impeachment trial of a U.S. president will not begin until after he has left office.