Lawsuit: Trump, Kushner, and White House officials are destroying public records

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The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) along with three other organizations file a lawsuit against Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and the White House for violating the Presidential Records Act.

The Presidential Records Act of 1978 determined that official records of the President are public property and instructs administrations on how to handle archiving of those records.

CREW alleges that White House officials are planning to destroy or have already destroyed official records, such as communications related to government business that were made through unofficial services like WhatsApp.

Part of the lawsuit relates to an official White House policy that allows digital communications to be preserved through partial screenshots instead of full digital copies.

This is part of a larger pattern of the President and the White House ignoring, if not flouting, their obligation to create and preserve records memorializing official actions and decisions… With the President facing potential legal and financial exposure once he leaves office, there is a growing risk that he will destroy records of his presidency before leaving.


Other plaintiffs include the National Security Archive, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the American Historical Association.


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