National Archives hints Mar-a-Lago could be raided AGAIN, after archivist claimed they’re still missing Trump White House documents nearly two months after FBI targeted the property
- The National Archives was responding to a request for information from the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney
- Archivist Debra Steidel Wall would not say whether Donald Trump himself was still in possession of presidential records
- ‘It is outrageous that these records remain unaccounted for 20 months after [Trump] left office,’ Rep. Maloney said in an emailed statement to DailyMail.com
The National Archives said on Friday that some records from Donald Trump’s White House are still not in its possession
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is still missing Trump administration records that it sought after the former president’s term ended, the agency said in a letter on Friday.
‘The National Archives has confirmed to the Oversight Committee that they still have not received all presidential records from the Trump White House,’ Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall said.
Wall said the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be consulted about whether ‘to initiate an action for the recovery of records unlawfully removed’ by White House officials. Further information about what action could be taken remains unclear, but the DoJ’s warning raises the specter of another potential raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago country club in West Palm Beach.
Steidel Wall suggested the Trump administration ran afoul of the Presidential Records Act by using ‘electronic messaging accounts that were not copied or forwarded into their official electronic messaging accounts.’
It comes nearly two months after the FBI’s unannounced search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion prompted a firestorm of outrage from the right, with the vast majority of Republicans labeling it a political move.
Wall would not say whether Trump himself was still unlawfully clinging onto records, citing the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents.
The Friday letter, which DailyMail.com obtained on Sunday morning, was in response to a request from the House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
‘The National Archives has confirmed to the Oversight Committee that they still have not received all presidential records from the Trump White House. Presidential records are the property of the American people, and it is outrageous that these records remain unaccounted for 20 months after former President Trump left office,’ Maloney told DailyMail.com in an emailed statement.
The update was in response to a letter from House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney
‘Former President Trump and his senior staff have shown an utter disregard for the rule of law and our national security by failing to return presidential records as the law requires.’
She vowed to ‘continue to do everything in my power to ensure that all presidential records from the Trump White House are returned to the custody of the government and to make sure these abuses never happen again.’
In regards to the missing communications from Trump aides, Wall’s letter referenced the DOJ’s effort to recover official messages sent via a ‘personal email account’ by former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro.
Navarro is currently facing trial for contempt of Congress charges stemming from his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee on January 6.
Wall responded to Maloney’s inquiry about whether Trump possessed any documents with a referral to the DOJ.
‘With respect to the second issue concerning whether former President Trump has surrendered all presidential records, we respectfully refer you to the Department of Justice in light of its ongoing investigation,’ the letter states.
The records are allegedly still missing nearly two months after the FBI’s unannounced search of Mar-a-Lago
DailyMail.com has reached out to Trump’s spokesman for comment.
In a court filing last month, DOJ officials said the FBI recovered roughly four dozen empty folders with classification markings when agents raided Trump’s Florida resort.
Forty-three of those were in Trump’s personal office, the filing states.
An earlier public release suggested the FBI recovered 11 sets of top secret or classified documents during its August 8 raid.
Trump himself has publicly lashed out against the National Archives and DOJ investigation numerous times while denying any wrongdoing.
He told Fox News in a recent interview that he did not illegally remove any classified documents because he can declassify anything ‘even by thinking about it.’
The ex-president has also lashed out at the agencies themselves, declaring in a recent Pennsylvania rally: ‘The FBI and the Justice Department have become vicious monsters, controlled by radical left scoundrels, lawyers and the media, who tell them what to do.’
The letter was obtained by DailyMail.com on Sunday morning