National Archives receives Trump records that were ripped apart, taped back together: report

Some Trump White House documents handed over to the House Select Committee by the National Archives and Records Administration on Jan. 6 were reportedly torn and stitched back together.

Three sources familiar with the records told The Washington Post about the state of the administrative documents, which the National Archives confirmed to the newspaper.

In a statement to The Post, the National Archives said documents handed over by the Trump White House “contain paper records torn by former President Trump.”

“White House records management officials during the Trump administration have recovered and pasted up some of the shredded records,” the agency said. “These were turned over to the National Archives at the end of the Trump administration, along with a number of shredded documents that had not been reconstructed by the White House. The Presidential Records Act requires that all records created by presidents be turned over to the National Archives at the end of their administration.

The Hill contacted the National Archives and the Select Committee Jan. 6 for further comment on the documents.

Former President Trump had charged to prevent the commission from receiving certain documents, with his attorney claiming it was illegal and that Trump wanted to retain privileges over certain documents.

Earlier this month, however, the archives revealed more than 700 documents that Trump had wanted to block.

“On the evening of Jan. 20, the National Archives and Records Administration provided the Select Committee with all the records at issue,” the agency said at the time.

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