House Oversight GOP demands scrutiny into National Archives role in FBI's raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

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Republican members of the House Oversight Committee are demanding answers about the role the National Archives played in the FBI's raid Monday of former President Donald Trump's private home in Florida, Mar-a-Lago.

The lawmakers led by Ranking Member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., wrote to the acting archivist of the United States Debra Wall Wednesday to express their concerns and to request the preservation of documents and communications related to the warrant executed this week at Mar-a-Lago.

A FBI raid of Trump's Palm Beach, Florida, house Monday was connected to a Department of Justice investigation into classified records Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his home when he left office in January 2021.

Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) said Trump took 15 boxes of presidential records to his personal residence in Florida. Those boxes allegedly contained "classified national security information," and official correspondence between Trump and foreign heads of state.

"Law enforcement raiding a former president’s residence is unprecedented. Committee Republicans are concerned that NARA would utilize the FBI to gather documents that the president, by the very nature of his constitutional role, could declassify himself, if this was indeed the case as media has reported," the GOP lawmakers state in their letter to Wall. The committee has oversight jurisdiction over NARA.

"The Biden Administration is continuing to weaponize the FBI against political rivals. To better understand the circumstances and NARA’s role, if any, in the FBI raid, Oversight Republicans request an immediate briefing on this matter. Additionally, we request that you ensure preservation of all documents and communications referring or relating to the warrant executed by the FBI on August 8, 2022 at Mar-a-Lago," the letter continues.

The Republicans say the FBI and NARA's action are "so contrary to the customary treatment of former administrations that it begs scrutiny into whether a political motivation underlay the raid."... (Read more)