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Inside Trump's war on the National Archives

By Jacqueline Alemany

27 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports on how The National Archives, the normally uneventful place where U.S. government records are preserved, has become the target of “threats and vitriol.”

In the nearly three weeks since the FBI searched former president Donald Trump's Florida home to recover classified documents, the National Archives and Records Administration has become the target of a rash of threats and vitriol, according to people familiar with the situation. Civil servants tasked by law with preserving and securing the U.S. government's records were rattled.

On Wednesday, the agency's head sent an email to the staff. Though academic and suffuse with legal references, the message from acting archivist Debra Steidel Wall was simple: Stay above the fray and stick to the mission.

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