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Suit: Biden Illegally Withholding JFK Assassination Files

'The law requires the records be released' so 'what are they hiding?' asks Robert Kennedy Jr.

(Newser) - Some of the most sensitive government records related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy are due to be released on Dec. 15 . But that's not soon enough for the Mary Ferrell Foundation, the nation's largest online source of JFK assassination records, which argues the current...

National Archivist: We Still Don't Have Trump Staff Emails

Letter to House panel says agency will confer with Justice Department

(Newser) - The National Archives and Records Administration has informed lawmakers that a number of electronic communications from Trump White House staffers remain missing, nearly two years after the administration was required to turn them over. The nation's record-keeping agency, in a letter Friday to the House Committee on Oversight and...

Aides Told National Archives Trump Only Had News Clippings

Former White House lawyer said his information came from Mark Meadows

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump's team assured National Archives officials a year ago that there were no classified or even sensitive documents at Mar-a-Lago—just a dozen boxes of news clippings. The claim was made by a former White House lawyer, Pat Philbin, in a phone call with Archives lawyer...

Report Puts a Number on Trump's Classified Documents

'New York Times' says government has retrieved more than 300 in all

(Newser) - The latest New York Times story about the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid revolves around a key number: 300. As in, that's how many classified documents the government has retrieved in total from former President Trump since he left office. The first was a batch of 150 recovered by the...

National Archives Fact-Checks Trump on Obama Documents

Agency assures that it has all Obama records

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump ran into an obstacle to his what-about deflection posted on social media while the FBI looks over documents it removed from his home, but it didn't slow him down. "President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified,"...

National Archives Reveals More on 15 Boxes Found at Mar-a-Lago

NARA: Former President Trump brought classified info with him to private Fla. estate when he left WH

(Newser) - The 15 or so boxes of administration materials that former President Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House had more than routine to-do lists inside. On Friday, the National Archives and Records Administration confirmed that classified records were found in those boxes, and that it'...

Biden Stymies Trump's Move to Keep Visitor Logs Private

President directs National Archives to release logs to House panel investigating Jan. 6

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been trying to keep various records out of the hands of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, but a new move from President Biden has put a wrench in one of those efforts. The New York Times reports that Biden has rejected Trump's assertion...

Report: Archives Wants DoJ to Investigate Trump Records

Former president is accused of 'flagrant' violations of federal records law

(Newser) - Update: Former President Trump's apparent mishandling of his administration's records could be the subject of a federal investigation. Sources tell the Washington Post that the National Archives has asked the Justice Department to look into whether federal law was violated. Archives officials say 15 boxes of Trump administration...

Jan. 6 Panel Will Be Given Pence Records

Trump is told executive privilege doesn't prevent release

(Newser) - The National Archives will release records from former Vice President Mike Pence to the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. White House counsel Dana Remus delivered the instruction in a letter Tuesday, the Hill reports. Former President Donald Trump had written Jan. 18 to oppose the release, saying...

There's a Weird Problem With Some of Trump's Papers

They had to be taped back together after the former president tore them up

(Newser) - Some of Donald Trump's presidential papers being examined by a House panel are harder to read than others for an odd reason: They had to be taped back together after being torn into tiny pieces by the then-president. The National Archives confirmed the quirk on Monday, reports CNN . The...

Biden Puts Off Release of JFK Files

National archivist needs more time, White House says

(Newser) - Secret files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will not be released to the public by next week after all. The national archivist asked for more time to review them, White House officials announced, blaming the delay in part on the pandemic, CBS reports. President Biden issued a...

Trump Attacks Jan. 6 Panel, Biden in Lawsuit Over Records

Former president tries to keep files from being released to the committee

(Newser) - Accusing the House panel seeking his records related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol of harassment, former President Trump sued the committee and the National Archives on Monday. Jesse Binnall, a Trump attorney, wrote that the committee is harassing Trump "by sending an illegal, unfounded, and overbroad...

Biden Rejects Trump Request to Withhold Jan. 6 Records

Former president tells National Archives that executive privilege applies

(Newser) - The White House told the National Archives on Friday that President Biden won't exert executive privilege over documents sought by the panel investigating the Capitol riot, as former President Donald Trump had requested. That leaves the National Archives free to turn over the first batch of Trump files to...

Capitol Riot Investigators Make a Big Move

Panel issues wide-ranging request for records

(Newser) - The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack made a big move Wednesday, issuing requests for records from government agencies including the National Archives, which has custody of records from the Trump White House. A letter from committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson to agencies shows the investigation will be wide-ranging,...

Twitter Puts the Kibosh on National Archives' Plan for Trump Tweets

Twitter doesn't want them on the platform ever again

(Newser) - The tweets that got former President Trump booted from Twitter may be gone from the social media platform forever, despite the National Archives' desires. Twitter on Wednesday told Politico it will not allow the National Archives and Records Administration to bring the tweets that Trump posted while president from his...

National Archives: Sorry We Doctored Anti-Trump Photo

'We made a mistake' in blurring photo from 2017 Women's March

(Newser) - As the fourth Women's March took place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, the National Archive was busily apologizing for doctoring an image of the first one, saying in a statement that "we made a mistake." The agency had blurred President Trump's name out of a protest...

Feds Remove 'Trump' From Protest Signs
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Feds Photoshop Pic of Women's March

But the National Archives says it had good reason

(Newser) - Visitors to the National Archives will have to fill in the blanks after officials there altered a photo of a women's rights march, the Hill reports. In fact, the Archives altered multiple signs carried by women at the Women's March in Washington, DC, the day after President Trump'...

520 Secret JFK Files to Remain Fully Sealed

Trump issues a new October 2021 deadline

(Newser) - The can has been kicked a little farther down the road. When President Trump in October approved the release of previously classified or redacted documents on the JFK assassination, he blocked the release of others over national security concerns and gave federal agencies 180 days to re-review the withheld documents....

CIA Files on JFK Assassination Call Out Mexican Woman

Politico takes a look at what's been newly released so far

(Newser) - Late last month, the National Archives began to release thousands of documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination that had been kept secret for decades. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 mandated the files be released 25 years later (though there's one loophole ), and as...

First Film Clip Emerges of Japan's 'Comfort Women'

South Korean researchers found it in the US National Archives

(Newser) - It's just 18 seconds long, but a new video released by South Korean researchers makes history for the worst of reasons. The clip shows Korean "comfort women" held as sex slaves by the Japanese military, reports the BBC . It's believed to be the first such film clip...

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