In a statement, the agency said that some of the Trump White House records that have been provided to the House select committee who is investigating the January 6 attack on Capitol had to be taped back along by National Archives staff as they had been stripped off.
While responding to the questions from CNN, the Archives said that “some of the Trump presidential records received by the National Archives and Records Administration included paper records that had been torn up by former President Trump.”
White House Records Management Staff Had to Tape Together Torn-up Records
The agency did not give an explanation on how officials are sure that then-President Donald Trump himself tore off the documents, but the Archives outlined earlier reporting that White House records management staff had to tape together torn-up records during the presidency under Trump.
In the statement, the Archives stated “These were turned over to the National Archives at the end of the Trump Administration, along with several torn-up records that had not been reconstructed by the White House,” adding further “The Presidential Records Act requires that all records created by presidents be turned over to the National Archives at the end of their administrations.”
The Archives pinned down media reports dating back to 2018. That’s when Politico reported that the White House hired staff whose responsibilities in part brought on rebuilding White House communications and records that passed over Trump’s desk that he would pull to pieces.
A Trump spokesperson did not promptly respond to a request for remarks.
A spokesperson for the select committee also refused to give any remarks.
The Committee Began to Receive the Documents After Winning a Court Battle
Recently, the committee started gathering the records from the Archives after it won a legal battle that headed to the Supreme Court. Trump had filed a lawsuit to maintain the records confidential, claiming executive privilege.
The Biden administration took the decision not to endorse Trump’s privilege assertions, and the courts plumped for the committee, permitting the records to be handed over.
Committee members have stated they are still in the process of going through hundreds of pages of documents as part of the release.
Whilst they have not revealed the whole of what the documents disclose, court filings have resurfaced the records comprise White House call records, visitor logs, drafts of speeches, and three handwritten notes of top advisers.
The committee has mentioned that the records are a significant part of their investigation.
Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the group, told CNN last month once the committee began to receive the records it asked for, “We’re glad the Supreme Court ruled in our favor that we may have access to the” adding further “And we look forward to the National Archives getting them to us.”