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 the management of presidential and federal records. The Presidential Records Act governs access to records after the end of an administration.

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

Acting Archivist's Letter to Evan Corcoran regarding Trump boxes May 10,2022
Former President Trump's Letter to the Acting Archivist of the United States, Designating PRA Representatives  June 19 2022
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Ranking Member Michael R. Turner Letter to Acting Archivist  August 9, 2022
Acting Archivist's Response Letter to August 9, 2022, Letter from HPSCI Ranking Member Michael Turner  August 16, 2022
U.S. House of Representatives Ranking Member Committee on Oversight and Reform, James Comer Letter to Acting Archivist August 10, 2022
Acting Archivist's Response Letter to August 10, 2022, Letter from House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer  August 16, 2022
NARA Notice from Acting Archivist to All NARA EmployeesUpdate on Trump Administration Presidential Records August 24, 2022
U.S. House of Representatives Ranking Member Committee on Oversight Reform, James Comer Letter to Acting Archivist  August 30, 2022
Acting Archivist's Response Letter to August 30, 2022, Letter from House Committee on Oversight Reform Ranking Member James Comer  September 22, 2022
U.S. Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman, Carolyn B. Maloney Letterto Acting Archivist  September 13, 2022 
Acting Archivist's Response Letter to September 13, 2022, Letter from U.S. Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney  September 30, 2022
U.S. House of Representatives Ranking Member Committee on Oversight Reform,  James Comer Letter to Acting Archivist  October 4, 2022
Acting Archivist's Response Letter to October 4, 2022, Letter from House Committee on Oversight Reform Ranking Member James Comer  October 7, 2022

 

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