That The National Archives and Archives Administration says the Justice Department has asked the agency not to share information related to Mar-a-Lago probe “to protect the integrity of DOJ’s ongoing work.”
Driving the news: IN a letter dated Thursday, Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall responded to questions from Republicans on the House Oversight Committee about the agency’s past refusal to release records to lawmakers.
- “As a general matter, the Department of Justice has requested that NARA not share or otherwise disclose information related to this case to others at this time to protect the integrity of DOJ’s ongoing work,” Steidel Wall wrote.
- “I am also letting you know that ‘NARA retains all records related to this case.’
- In an email to Axios, NARA said it released the letter publicly as “a proactive disclosure.”
The big picture: In the wake of the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, House Republicans required additional information on up to the search and the materials found in the home.
- Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, and other Republicans on the panel sent a letter late last month seeking to clarify NARA’s role in the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago “and reiterate the request for a briefing and all related documents and communications,” according to a statement.
- In Thursday’s letter, Wall did not rule out releasing records in the future. “To the extent we are able to release any additional records in relation to your request in the future, we will make them available to you,” she said.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from NARA.