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15 boxes of presidential files ‘improperly’ taken from the White House found at Trump’s Mar-a-Largo

The chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Monday said it was “too early” to know if the investigation would be affected by the discovery that Donald Trump carried boxes of presidential files when he left the White House last year.

National Archives officials confirmed Monday that the agency recently recovered 15 boxes of presidential files from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida that were “improperly” discarded after his time in the White House ended.

According to National Archives David Ferriero, representatives for Trump are “continuing to seek” additional records that may have been inappropriately obtained from the White House.

Sources told ABC News that the documents, retrieved last month, include communications between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, as well as a letter from former President Barack Obama to Trump that was obtained. back to custom before Trump’s inauguration.

Officials say the records should have been turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from the White House at the conclusion of the Trump administration in January 2021, as required by the General Records Act system.

“NARA pursues the return of records whenever we become aware that records have been improperly deleted or not appropriately transferred to the official account,” said Ferriero.

The Washington Post first reported that the files were obtained from Mar-a-Lago.

A spokesman for Trump did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Last month, the US Supreme Court cleared the way for a House of Representatives investigative committee on January 6 to access hundreds of National Archives records as part of the investigation.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told ABC News it was “too early” to know how Trump’s handling of the White House dossier has affected the committee’s work so far – and whether it prevents investigators from obtaining important documents and records .

Thompson on Monday said the committee “would not hesitate” to refer criminals to the Justice Department if lawmakers determined that Trump knowingly violated the Presidential Records Act.

“We will continue to review it, and if the review shows that a referral is warranted, we will not hesitate to do so,” Thompson said.

As previously reported by ABC News, House investigators discovered that Trump had a habit of shredding documents, notes and other White House files into small pieces that left aides arguing. scrambled to pick them up from the floor of the Oval Office, sources said.

“The destruction of documents, the reports of large quantities of documents at Mar-a-Lago, all point to a violation of record-keeping requirements, and the shredding certainly appears to be the an intentional violation of the law,” committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC News.

“We’ll look at how we can have a more effective mechanism to ensure compliance,” Schiff said. “There’s a real concern about it, and it’s not a concern that started with the last administration, but it’s certainly reached new heights.”

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