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National Archives: Trump Admin. Not Adhering to Preservation Rules

National Archives: Trump Admin. Not Adhering to Preservation Rules
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:16 PM

National Archives officials are concerned White House records haven't all been saved as required by law — and have periodically warned the Trump administration to stick to the rules, Politico reported.

The White House legally must preserve all presidential records — including memos, emails, speeches, record logs and even text messages involving government business — which are given to the National Archives after the president leaves office and are used for historical records.

"This administration has been so careless in observing the requirements of the Presidential Records Act," Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told Politico, referring to the 1978 law governing collection of White House documents.

The nonpartisan watchdog group is suing the Trump administration over its adherence to the record law, citing the use by White House officials of encrypted smartphone apps to communicate, such as Confide and Signal, which are designed to delete data.

"It is an end run around the entire law," Weismann said.

According to Politico, National Archives officials have told the White House counsel's office they're concerned preservation isn't taking place.

But in email exchanges, White House officials assured the National Archives staff Trump administration employees have been reminded to do so, Politico reported.

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National Archives officials are concerned White House records haven't all been saved as required by law - and have periodically warned the Trump administration to stick to the rules, Politico reported.
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