Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives. In an email obtained by The New York Times, the general counsel of the National Archives wrote to three lawyers who had worked with former President Donald J. Trump less than four months after he left office to deliver a clear message. The Archives had determined that more than two dozen boxes of Mr. Trump’s presidential records were missing and it needed the attorneys’ “immediate help” to get them back

Gary M. Stern, the top attorney at the archives, sent the email on May 6, 2021, and it was the first indication of conflict between Mr. Trump and the federal organization in charge of safeguarding presidential material. The conflict that would eventually break out over the previous president’s removal of numerous extremely sensitive papers from the white house.

In a different letter made public on Tuesday, the archives claimed that Mr. Trump had departed Washington carrying more than 700 pages of sensitive information. The letter claimed that some of them were connected to special access programs. Which are some of the most covert intelligence operations in the nation.

Although Mr. Stern’s email did not include classified information. It did provide further details about the events that eventually led to a probe into whether Mr. Trump had been unsuitably retaining presidential records and national security materials.

Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives

This month, the investigation which had already involved actions like the issuance of federal subpoenas and a visit from senior counterintelligence prosecutors to Mr. Trump rose to a new level. When FBI agents carried away more delicate government records, including some with high classification levels, during a search of Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s private club and residence in Florida.

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Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives. The original communication between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as well as a letter that President Barack Obama had left for Mr. Trump on his first day in office were two sets of documents that Mr. Stern mentioned in his email that the archives had been unable to uncover.

Just before Mr. Trump left office, Mr. Kim’s letters were put in a folder for the president, according to Mr. Stern, but they never made it to the archives as required by law. Using the abbreviation for the National Archives and Records Administration, he said, “It is imperative that these original documents be turned over to NARA as soon as practicable”.

Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives

Scott Gast and Michael Purpura, two of Mr. Trump’s representatives at the National Archives, as well as Patrick F. Philbin, a senior attorney in the White House attorney’s office, were the recipients of Mr. Stern’s email. The Trump family home. John Laster, another archive representative, also got a copy.

Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives. According to associates, the FBI has questioned Mr. Philbin and Pat A. Cipollone, the senior White House lawyer until the end of the Trump administration, as part of the inquiry into the private documents kept at Mar-a-Lago after Mr. Trump left office.

Mr. Stern also stated that “approximately two dozen boxes of actual presidential records” that Mr. Trump had maintained at the White House residence during his final year in office were not transferred to the archives. These documents included letters from Mr. Obama and Mr. Kim. Although Mr. Cipollone determined the records should have been turned over. It is still unknown what White House officials were told about the boxes, according to Mr. Stern in his email. He also claimed that the archives never received the files.

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Email Shows Early Tension Between Trump and National Archives. An adviser to Mr. Gast and a spokesman for Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Philbin both declined to comment on the email. Messages seeking feedback from Mr. Stern and Mr. Purpura went unanswered.

Mr. Stern acknowledged in his email that “things were very hectic” at the conclusion of Mr. Trump’s presidency, “as always over the course of a one-term transition,” at one point. In his additional statement, he said that the transfer of Mr. Trump’s data to the archives wouldn’t be finished for “a few months.”

But it is crucial that we obtain and account for all original presidential records, he added in his conclusion. Visit for more news and updates related to political issues.