The National Archives faces a Tuesday deadline to update a congressional committee on a key question: Are there still documents from the Trump White House that are unaccounted for?
National Archives officials last month told staff for House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) that they aren’t sure whether all presidential records from the Trump administration are in its custody, as federal law dictates, prompting the committee to set Sept. 27 as a deadline for an update. The National Archives declined to comment.
The whereabouts of those White House documents—both presidential records from everyday business and classified material—have been in the spotlight since the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. That was the culmination of more than a year of negotiations between the archives and Mr. Trump’s representatives over the custody of White House records, including boxes of papers that were returned to the archives in January and those seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in August.
Under federal laws governing what happens to documents after a president leaves office and how classified materials should be handled, the National Archives and Records Administration, as it is officially known, is responsible for the documents’ safekeeping. The agency also manages presidential libraries.
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