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National Archives asks Justice Dept. to investigate Trumpís handling of White House records

By Curt_Anderson
February 9, 2022 1:14 pm
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Trump famously and repeatedly said Hillary's handling of her emails in violation of the officials record act was a scandal and a crime.

(WaPo)The National Archives and Records Administration has asked the Justice Department to examine Donald Trumpís handling of White House records, sparking discussions among federal law enforcement officials about whether they should investigate the former president for a possible crime, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The referral from the National Archives came amid recent revelations that officials recovered 15 boxes of materials from the former presidentís Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida that were not handed back in to the government as they should have been, and that Trump had turned over other White House records that had been torn up. Archives officials suspected Trump had possibly violated laws concerning the handling of government documents ó including those that might be considered classified ó and reached out to the Justice Department, the people familiar with the matter said.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a politically sensitive request. The two people said the discussions about the matter remained preliminary, and it was not yet clear whether the Justice Department would investigate. The department also might be interested in merely reclaiming classified materials. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.


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