US prosecutors open investigation into Trump for handling files

Reuters

Washington D.C. / 12.05.2022 20:33:32

Federal prosecutors have opened a grand jury investigation into whether former US President Donald Trumpimproperly tampered with classified records that ended up at his Florida residence, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

The prosecutors have issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) to obtain the documents, according to the report. Authorities also requested interviews with people who worked in the White House. during Trump’s final days in office, he said.

The grand jury suggests the Justice Department has moved forward with its investigation, which began after NARA said it had recovered 15 boxes of documents, including classified records, that Trump took his Mar-a-Lago estate with him when he left the White House in January 2021.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump’s representatives also did not immediately reply. The former president hhas previously confirmed that it agreed to return certain records to the Archives, qualifying it as “an ordinary and routine process”.

A federal law called the United States Presidential Records Act requires the preservation of memorandums, letters, notes, emails, faxes and other written communications related to the official duties of a president.

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