DOJ reportedly investigating Trump’s transfer of classified documents to Mar-A-Lago

Topline

The Justice Department has begun investigating former President Donald Trump for removing 15 boxes of White House files containing classified information at his Palm Beach resort town of Mar-a-Lago after leaving office. , the Washington Post reported Thursday, as a congressional oversight committee says the agency is “obstructing” its own investigation.

Highlights

The Justice Department’s investigation is still in its early stages, To post reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the probe.

The Justice Department has spoken with the National Archives and Records Administration – which first briefed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in February. To post.

Reports from the investigation come the same day the committee sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland claiming the DOJ is blocking its own investigation into the case, the Associated Press reported.

In the letter, committee chair Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) said she had requested several pieces of information from the National Archives, which declined after consulting with the Justice Department.

In doing so, the Justice Department is “obstructing the committee’s investigation,” Maloney wrote in the letter, according to AP.

An FBI spokesperson told the To post he could not confirm or deny the Justice Department’s investigation.

Key Context

The National Archives wrote to Maloney in February saying it had recovered 15 boxes of White House files containing classified information from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Golf Club in January, which the agency said the former president had taken with him after leaving office. The documents should have been transferred to the National Archives when Trump left the White House, as required by the Presidential Records Act, the department said at the time. The files included what Trump described as “love letters” he exchanged with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, according to the To post. Some of the recordings have been would have torn and glued together.

To monitor

A response from Garland. The oversight committee has asked the Justice Department to either allow the National Archives to share the requested information with the committee or explain why it won’t next week, according to AP.

Further reading

DOJ plans to investigate Trump’s 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago (Washington Post)

House Oversight Committee: Justice Department ‘obstructing’ probe into Trump records (Associated Press)

The National Archives took 15 boxes of White House documents from Mar-A-Lago that should never have been there (Forbes)

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