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.
|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
|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|