Republicans on the House Oversight Committee requested Wednesday that the leader of the National Archives and Records Administration clarify any function her agency played in the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s home earlier this week.
Rep. James Comer, Kentucky Republican, and other GOP lawmakers on the panel called on Debra Wall, the acting archivist of the United States, to respond to questions and preserve documents associated with the search warrant executed at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to Ms Wall “Committee Republicans are worried that they NARA would use them FBI to compile documents that the president by the very nature of his constitutional role could declassify himself if this was indeed the case as the media reported.”
The raid of the former President Trump’s estate was stirred by a Justice Department inquiry into 15 boxes that allegedly involved classified documents and national security information that was not properly sent to Mar-a-Lago instead of the National Archives.
Under federal law, presidents and their staff are compelled to send classified materials to the National Archives at the end of their term.
“The Biden regime is proceeding with weaponizing the FBI against political rivals. To have a better understanding of the situation and the NARA’s function, if any, in the FBI raid, Oversight Republicans demand an immediate briefing on this matter. Also, we demand that you preserve all documents and communications referring to and related to the warrant executed by the FBI on August 8, 2022,” the letter stated.
Committee Republicans requested a briefing from Ms Wall no later than Aug. 17. The committee has federal oversight over the NARA.
The Republicans condemned the NARA for singling out former president Donald Trump saying that his treatment “stands starkly in contrast” with previous officials including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
They said the 31,000 emails deleted by Mrs Clinton during the Benghazi investigation were greeted by the FBI with “apathy.”
Committee Republicans are delighted to leave Secretary Clinton to her retirement, however, the FBI and NARA’s behaviour towards President Trump warrants an explanation as to why the latter deserved a raid by the FBI,” the letter stated.