May 18, 2022

Politico: “National Archives Warned Trump White House to Preserve Documents”

From Politico:

National Archives officials have periodically warned White House lawyers that the Trump administration needs to follow document preservation laws, according to people familiar with the conversations and emails reviewed by POLITICO.

The White House legally must preserve all presidential records, which are given to the National Archives after the president leaves office and are used for historical records. The documents that must be preserved include written memos, emails, speeches, record logs and more.

But National Archives officials have told the White House counsel’s office they were concerned that wasn’t happening, particularly early in the administration, officials with knowledge of the discussions said. Conversations have included John Laster and Gary Stern, two National Archives officials, and the White House counsel’s office.
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See Also: Reply From Archivist of U.S. to Senator McCaskill and Senator Caper (March 30, 2017)
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See Also: Two Senators Request Info From Archivist of U.S. Re: Concerns Over Trump Admin. Records Compliance (March 9, 2017)

See Also: National Archives (NARA) Releases 2016 Version of “Guidance on Presidential Records” Document (February 12, 2017)

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