Investigators issue a subpoena to the National Archives for access to classified documents Trump took to Mar-a-Lago


The subpoena is part of the formal process that FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors are using to take possession of the boxes of documents from the Archives, which recovered the boxes from the Florida resort.

The New York Times, which first reported on the subpoena, also said interviews were requested with people who worked in the White House at the end of the Trump presidency.

A spokesperson for Trump said the former president “consistently handled all documents in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Belated attempts to guess this clear fact are politically motivated and flawed.”

The White House declined to comment.

In February, the Archives requested a review into whether Trump violated the Presidential Records Act — which requires all records created by presidents to be turned over to the National Archives at the end of their administrations — and other possible violations. , including the treatment of confidential information.
In April, in an early sign that the Justice Department was going to investigate, the agency blocked the National Archives from sharing information about the contents of the boxes with Congress. At the time, a source familiar with the matter told CNN that a DOJ investigation into the documents had begun.

The FBI regularly conducts reviews to determine whether classified information has been stored in a manner that does not meet US government requirements and whether sensitive information has been exposed.

As part of this, the FBI will work with the intelligence agencies overseeing the specific classified information at issue to determine the sensitivity of the documents. The intrusive nature of the reviews likely means the FBI will have to investigate where the documents were stored and who had access to them.

Most of these reviews do not result in criminal charges, but the investigation is the latest example of Trump coming under scrutiny. His conduct after the 2020 election as well as his business practices are under investigation in Georgia and New York, and the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol examines Trump’s role.

This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.


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