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NARA not sharing details on Mar-a-Lago search to protect DOJ probe

The National Archives and Records Administration says the Justice Department has asked the agency not to share information related to the Mar-a-Lago probe “to protect the integrity of DOJ’s ongoing work.”

Send the news: In a letter dated Thursday, Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall responded to questions from Republicans on the House Oversight Committee about the agency’s previous refusal to turn over documents to lawmakers.

  • “In general, the Department of Justice has requested that NARA not share or otherwise disclose any information related to this case to others at this time in order to protect the integrity of DOJ’s ongoing work,” Steidel Wall wrote.
  • “I also inform you that ‘NARA retains all data related to this matter’.”
  • In an email to Axios, NARA said it has made the letter public as “a proactive disclosure.”

The big picture: In the wake of the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, House Republicans demanded additional information about the lead-up to the search and the materials found in the residence.

  • Rep. House Oversight Committee member James Comer (R-Ky.) and other Republicans on the panel sent a letter late last month clarifying NARA’s role in the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search,” and reiterate the request for a briefing and all related documents and communications,” a statement said.
  • In Thursday’s letter, Wall did not rule out handing over records in the future. “To the extent that we can release additional data in response to your request in the future, we will make it available to you,” she said.

Go deeper: Top Republicans Press DOJ for Answers to Mar-a-Lago Search

Read:New York Times Columnist Defends Matt Gaetz Against FBI’s ‘Political Bias’

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with commentary from NARA.

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