Oct 28, 2022

National Archives denies Trump referral to DOJ was connected to Democrats

I normally do not like to publish articles involving politics. However, in this case, the article revolves around the actions (or technically, the inactions) of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administation, a major supplier of genealogy information):

The National Archives is denying Republican accusations that its decision to refer Donald Trump’s handling of classified records to the Justice Department had anything to do with an inquiry from a top House Democrat.

House Republicans have been raising questions over the timing of the referral, which occurred on Feb. 9 — the same day House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wrote to the agency to raise questions about Trump’s handling of sensitive documents that he retained at his Mar-a-Lago estate. But that timing is “entirely coincidental,” Acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall wrote in a letter to congressional Republicans on Tuesday.

The Archives’ inspector general operates with complete independence from the broader agency, Wall said, and did not receive Maloney’s letter, which was directed to the Archivist.

“At no time and under no circumstances were NARA officials pressured or influenced by Committee Democrats or anyone else,” Wall wrote.

Wall directed congressional inquiries about the ongoing investigation to DOJ, which is spearheading the probe into Trump’s handling of documents. DOJ had requested NARA “not share or otherwise disclose to others information related to NARA’s recovery of the 15 boxes at this time in order to protect the integrity of DOJ’s ongoing work,” Wall wrote.

You can read more in a rather lengthy article by Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu published in the web site at:

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