“At no time and under no circumstances were NARA officials pressured or influenced by committee Democrats or anyone else,” Wall wrote.
Wall directed congressional inquiries into the ongoing probe to the DOJ, which is leading the investigation into Trump’s handling of the documents. The DOJ had instructed NARA “not to share or disclose to others information relating to NARA’s recovery of the 15 boxes at this time in order to protect the integrity of the DOJ’s ongoing work,” Wall wrote.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and James Comer (R-Ky.), top Republicans on the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, had requested details from the National Archives in an Oct. 14 letter, noting that the DOJ referral had occurred. the same day Maloney wrote to archivist David Ferriero.
Maloney’s letter was prompted by a Washington Post article published two days earlier that drew attention to Trump’s retention of sensitive documents in his estate.
“NARA immediately began receiving many questions about this article, including from staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, who informed our staff that Speaker Maloney would be sending a letter,” Wall wrote.
NARA’s referral to the DOJ sparked a criminal investigation that snowballed into one of the most significant legal threats Trump currently faces. In May, the Archives shared documents recovered from Trump’s estate with the FBI and the Justice Department, prompting the DOJ to subpoena Trump for all remaining classified documents. The FBI then executed a search warrant at Trump’s estate, saying investigators had developed evidence that Trump had failed to turn over all of the classified documents he kept after leaving office – and that they had also evidence of potential obstruction of justice by Trump or his aides.
Spokespersons for Comer and Jordan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Archive officials have insisted on their independence despite claims of Republican bias. In response to a similar request from Republicans earlier this month, Wall said they “take our role as an apolitical agency very seriously.”