WASHINGTON, Feb 10 – A U.S. House team is investigating former President Donald Trump’s handling of White House records after 15 boxes of official documents were confiscated from his Florida private residence in what lawyers say might have been a violation of the law.
House chairwoman Carolyn Maloney on Thursday said she was “deeply concerned” that the records were not immediately distributed to the National Archives when Trump’s term expired in January 2021 “and that they appear to have been removed from the White House for violating the Presidential Records Act.”
Maloney said he was also concerned about recent media reports that Trump had “repeatedly tried to destroy presidential records, which could be a serious violation of the law,” requiring maintaining written communications related to the president’s official activities.
Separately, a report on Thursday said White House staff had been receiving letters closing Trump’s toilet at White House during his tenure.
“White House staff often found the toilet closed” and then found “letters of folded, printed paper … either notes or other paper they believe you threw away,” in his letter. bathroom, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN, quoting a report in her next book and adding that it was unclear what types of documents were found.
In a statement, Trump acknowledged that the box boxes had been moved to the Archive after “negotiations” and called them “cooperative” and said he had been told he was “not obliged” to provide any White House items, although he did not say. who gave him that command.
“The papers were handed out easily and without conflict and very friendly,” he said.
Trump also denied Haberman’s report, saying it was “absolutely not true.”
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the National Archives and Records Administration had asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate how the former president of the Republic was handling records in the White House.
The New York Times, quoting a man who reported the matter, reported that American archaeologists found items that could be classified in boxes found in January.
It was not immediately clear whether the Department of Justice would open an investigation, and its representative did not respond to the request.
Archive earlier this week said it had returned 15 boxes of memos, books, and other documents to Trump’s private property in Florida.
The Washington Post newspaper over the weekend also reported that Trump’s tearing up documents during his presidency was much higher than previously known.
Maloney, a Democrat, in a letter to Wednesday’s Archives, asked the organization for more information on February 18.
Archive representatives were not immediately available for comment.