US National Archives requests legal probe of Trump
The US government agency in charge of presidential records preservation has requested the Justice Department to look into Donald Trump's handling of official documents.
While leaving the White House, former US President Donald Trump took with him a number of documents that officials claim he unlawfully ripped a number of.
Some of them had to be taped back together, the Archives said.
It's also been revealed that 15 boxes of documents that Trump was supposed to turn up when he departed the White House were instead moved to his Florida property. The boxes in question contain letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well as Barack Obama's presidential handover letter.
The National Archives is obligated by law to receive all of Trump's correspondence, work documents, and emails
Trump has previously battled with the National Archives, unsuccessfully trying to stop the transfer of White House records to a congressional committee looking into the disturbance on the US Capitol on January 6.
In a statement, Trump acknowledged cooperation with the National Archives.
"The media's characterization of my relationship with NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] is Fake News. It was exactly the opposite! It was a great honor to work with NARA to help formally preserve the Trump Legacy," he said.
Trump ‘love letters’ back to National Archives
Earlier, US National Archives had to reclaim former US President Donald Trump’s White House records, which involve his so-called "love letters" from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The documents were recovered after discussions took place between the Archives and Trump’s lawyers that began last year, the newspaper added, and they included correspondence with Chairman Kim, dubbed "love letters" by Trump, as well as a letter left for him as successor by President Barack Obama.
While Trump advisers "denied any nefarious intent," the newspaper added that the retrieval of the boxes gives rise to questions about how much Trump adhered to the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of memos, notes, letters, faxes, emails, and other written communications related to a president’s official duties.