Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Records Released In Response to Presidential Records Act (PRA) questions under the Trump Administration

NARA officials are often consulted about records management of presidential and federal records.  The Presidential Records Act governs access to records after the end of an administration.  For more information visit https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1978-act.html

The National Archives received records from the Trump Administration which ended on January 20, 2021. We are in the process of preserving and providing access to these records, including all official Trump Administration social media content, and deleted posts from @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. As records are made available online, they may be accessed through the trumplibrary.gov website, which is part of NARA. The Trump Library will begin accepting FOIA requests on January 20, 2026 in accordance with the PRA.    

Below are documents concerning records management related inquiries about the Trump Administration's presidential records.

Document Title

Document Date
White House letter to the Archivist of the United States: Trump PRA Designation February 16, 2017
White House memo to all personnel re PRA obligations (attached to Oct. 2 Compliance Reminder email) February 22, 2017
Letter from Sens. McCaskill and Carper to Archivist David S. Ferriero March 7, 2017

Archivist's response to Sens. McCaskill and Carper

March 30, 2017

Attachments to March 30, 2017 letter:

White House email: Compliance Reminder PRA  October 2, 2017
White House email: Monthly Legal Compliance and Ethics Training reminder October 2, 2017
American Oversight letter: Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and potential alienation of records January 18, 2018
NARA response letter  to American Oversight: Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and potential alienation of records January 25, 2018
White House letter to the Archivist of the United States: Updated Trump Designation of PRA Representatives        January 19, 2021
Letter from House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding recovery of Trump PRA records February 9, 2022

Archivist's response to House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding recovery of Trump PRA records

  • NARA letter to Stefan Passantino, Deputy Counsel to the President regarding  destruction of records, June 14, 2018
February 18, 2022
Archivist's letter to House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding Trump social media records February 18, 2022
Archivist's letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding Trump social media records February 18, 2022
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