- Maloney says she wants to ensure Trump’s presidential records are with federal officials and not “stashed away in Trump’s golf resorts.”
- The National Archives said it had to retrieve 15 boxes of documents and memorabilia from Mar-a-Lago.
- The January 6 committee has also reportedly received documents there were ripped up.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said late Monday night that she wants her panel to investigate former President Donald Trump’s flouting of the Presidential Records Act after the National Archives confirmed reports that it had to retrieve over a dozen boxes of White House records from Trump’s Florida estate.
“I plan to fully investigate this incident to ensure the law is followed and records from the Trump Administration are with the National Archives where they belong, rather than stashed away in Trump’s golf resorts,” Maloney, a New York Democrat, told The Washington Post in a statement.
Maloney called Trump’s apparent removal of records “deeply troubling, but not surprising,” per The Post.
The National Archives has arranged for the former president to turn over both records and memorabilia, including some of his historic correspondence with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and the note that President Barack Obama left Trump in the Resolute Desk before leaving the White House, according to The Post.
The New York Times reported that other notable records once squirreled away in Mar-a-Lago include the infamously doctored map of Hurricane Dorian’s path behind the so-called “Sharpie-gate.”
There’s not much Congress or others can do to enforce the records act, The Post reported. This is not even the first time Trump has been accused of breaking the law.
In 2018, Politico wrote a viral story about White House staffers who were tasked with taping documents back together after Trump would tear them up. The Archives has confirmed that it turned over documents to the House January 6 Committee that were also ripped up.