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National Archives Sought Trump's Letters With Kim Jong Un, Obama In May 2021

Added 10-04-22 07:54:02am EST - “The record-keeping agency said some Trump administration items were still missing, even after the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago.” - Huffpost.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “National Archives Sought Trump's Letters With Kim Jong Un, Obama In May 2021”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The National Archives wrote to lawyers representing former President Donald Trump four months after he left office requesting missing records from his administration, including correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The email was made public on Monday in response to 50 Freedom of Information Act requests about the 15 boxes of material the agency recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this year.

In the email, Gary M. Stern, general counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, wrote the agency had yet to receive “certain paper/textual records” it was required to keep under the Presidential Records Act. Among the missing records were Trump’s original communications with the North Korean leader.

“It is our understanding that in January 2021, just prior to the end of the Administration, the originals were put in a binder for the President, but were never returned to the Office of Records Management for transfer to NARA,” Stern wrote in an email dated May 6, 2021.

The archives also was missing a letter that former President Barack Obama left for Trump on his first day in office, Stern wrote. He added that about 12 boxes of presidential records stored in the White House residence during Trump’s term had not been turned over to the archives, even though White House legal counsel Pat Cipollone said they should be.


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