Trump-era presidential records are still missing, says the National Archives

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Some White House staffers conducted official business with accounts that were not forwarded to their official electronic accounts, the National Archives said in a Sept. 30 letter to House Oversight and Reform Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat. With.

“While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we know that we are not taking custody of everything that we should be,” wrote Debra Steidel Wall, Assistant Archivist for the United States.

The National Archives’ effort to preserve records after the Trump administration’s chaotic final days — both presidential records from day-to-day business and classified material — have been in the spotlight since the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The archives received a box of papers from Mr. Trump in January; others were turned over in June before the FBI seized another tranche of the material in August.

The archives told Maloney in February that some electronic records of former Trump White House officials were missing. In the new letter, the archivist wrote, “NARA has been able to obtain such records from a number of former officials and will continue to seek the return of similar types of Presidential records from former officials.”

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