The House Oversight Committee is calling on Trump to certify that he has turned over all documents

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More than a month later FBI seizes records from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence The US House Oversight Committee is urging the National Archives to “require former President Trump to certify in writing that he has turned over any presidential records or classified materials.”

“In light of revelations that Mr. Trump’s representatives misled investigators about his continued ownership of government property, and that materials found at his club included dozens of ‘blank folders’ of classified material, I am deeply concerned that sensitive presidential records may remain outside the control and custody of the US government,” wrote House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-New York. .

The National Archives confirmed to CBS News on Tuesday that it had received the letter from the Oversight Committee, but declined to comment further.

The FBI recovered thousands of records, including dozens that The Justice Department says they are marked classifiedduring court approved search on August 8 in Mar-a-Lago.

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House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, DNY, holds documents during a hearing on the workplace conduct of Washington commanders June 22, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Maloney acknowledged that Trump has no legal obligation to provide written certification that he has returned records. But in his letter, Maloney wrote, “The exceptional circumstances of this case require Mr. Trump to do the same so that Congress and the American people can fully understand the impact of his actions on our nation’s security, take mitigating action, and consider legislative reforms.”

The letter also said: “The committee is concerned that, given this pattern of conduct, Mr. Trump may continue to store presidential records in unsecured locations, including classified material that could threaten our nation’s security, and other important records documenting Mr. Trump’s White House activities.”

The Justice Department raised concerns about the records that remain unaccounted for by Mar-a-Lago in recent court filings in federal court in Florida. U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon has frozen the federal investigation into those records as both prosecutors and Trump’s lawyers dispute the appointment and duties of a special master.

The Justice Department has argued that the freeze should be lifted, saying that halting the investigation seriously harms national security and that an intelligence review of the records cannot be conducted effectively without the involvement of criminal investigators. The investigation and the public at large, prosecutors wrote, could be “irreparably harmed” by the pause.

In a court filing Monday, the Justice Department said it would agree to have New York federal judge Raymond Deary serve as a special master in the case. Deary was one of two candidates for the role put forward by Trump’s legal team. There is no firm timetable for a decision from Cannon on the matter.

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