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April 13, 2023
A recent report claims that a lawyer for Donald Trump refused to tell the National Archives that the former president had given them all of the required Oval Office documents because they were aware that it would be a lie.
The Trump administration recently returned 15 boxes of government records to the National Archives from his Mar-a-Lago estate, which he has used as a private club for years. He also instructed one of his attorneys, Alex Cannon, to inform the agency that the boxes contained all of the papers taken from his presidency.
However, according to a new report from The Washington Post, Cannon was reluctant to sign off on Trump’s request due to concerns that not all of the records had been turned over.
“I’m not comfortable certifying that everything has been returned because I know it hasn’t,” Cannon reportedly told Trump, according to people familiar with the situation.
Trump is said to have been “furious” at Cannon’s hesitance, and the lawyer eventually relented and signed the letter.
It’s unclear what happened to the missing records, but the National Archives has said that it is “confident” that all of Trump’s records have been accounted for.
The Post’s report comes as Trump continues to face scrutiny for his handling of government records. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Trump had used a secret server to host his private email account while he was president, and he has been accused of using an unsecure phone to conduct official business.