The National Archives discovered that Donald Trump stole classified materials when he left the White House and, by law, they are required to alert the Justice Department.
Donald Trump stole classified material from the White House
The discovery, which came after Trump returned 15 boxes of documents to the government last month, prompted the National Archives to contact the Justice Department for guidance, the person said. The department told the National Archives to have its inspector general look into the matter, the person said.
It is unclear what the inspector general has done since then, in particular, whether the inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department.
An inspector general is required to alert the Department of Justice to the discovery of any classified material found outside authorized government channels.
The DOJ could be forced to decide to investigate Trump
After the inspector general alerts the Justice Department, they will be forced to decide whether or not to open an investigation.
For years, there have been reports that Trump was breaking the law by destroying documents. The problem is that with Trump planning another run for president in 2024, Republicans will interpret a Justice Department investigation as a partisan political move to keep him off the ballot. The Republican claim will not be true, but it is what they will definitely say.
The Justice Department might not have a choice. Trump’s law violation is so complete that requires an investigation.
If the Justice Department was able to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails, it should investigate Donald Trump’s theft of classified information.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a member of the White House Press Group and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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