House Committee Asks for More Details on Boxes Found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

The House Oversight Committee has requested more information on former President Donald Trump's handling of certain White House records, including those allegedly found in boxes at his Mar-a-Lago residence.

Representative Carolyn Maloney, the committee's chairwoman, made the request in a letter to National Archivist David Ferriero, NBC reported. The New York lawmaker also asked about documents Trump allegedly ripped up and any communications between him and the National Archives about the Presidential Records Act.

"I am deeply concerned that former President Trump may have violated the law through his intentional efforts to remove and destroy records that belong to the American people," Maloney wrote in the letter.

The reports that White House records were found at Mar-a-Lago have been cited as a potential violation of the Presidential Records Act, which stipulates that presidential records "automatically transfer into the legal custody of the Archivist as soon as the President leaves office," according to the National Archives website. It also places responsibility "for the custody and management of incumbent Presidential records with the President."

The Archives said in a statement earlier this month that it "arranged for the transport" of 15 boxes containing presidential records from Mar-a-Lago in mid-January. Those records should have been transferred to the Archives at the end of Trump's administration, the agency said.

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The House Oversight Committee has requested more information on former President Donald Trump's handling of certain White House records, including on what was allegedly found in boxes at the former president's Mar-a-Lago residence. A person mows the lawn at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on February 11, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In an earlier statement released in late January, the Archives said that some of the presidential records from the Trump administration that it received "had been torn up by former President Trump."

"As has been reported in the press since 2018, White House records management officials during the Trump Administration recovered and taped together some of the torn-up records. These were turned over to the National Archives at the end of the Trump Administration, along with a number of torn-up records that had not been reconstructed by the White House," the statement read.

Maloney's request to the Archives is linked to her committee's investigation into Trump's handling of the records, a probe that was launched earlier this month.

"The committee needs additional documents and information uniquely available from NARA to investigate the full extent of this conduct and determine what additional steps, including potential legislative reforms, may be needed to ensure the preservation of presidential records for the American people," Maloney wrote in the letter.

Trump has said that the Archives didn't find "anything" in Mar-a-Lago and that the boxes were handed over as part of an "ordinary and routine process to ensure the preservation of my legacy and in accordance with the Presidential Records Act."

"If this was anyone but 'Trump,' there would be no story here," he said in a statement. "Instead, the Democrats are in search of their next Scam."

In response to a request for comment, the National Archives confirmed to Newsweek that it had received Maloney's request and said it "will respond appropriately, including in accordance with the Presidential Records Act."

Update 02/25/22, 4:50 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information and background.