Watchdog group sues National Archives over classified documents
- February 9, 2023
Karen Townsend, Hot Air
Double standards, much? Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), an ethics watchdog, has filed a ‘transparency lawsuit’ against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The legal action was taken because PPT asked for documents relating to any communications with the White House from acting archivist Debra Steidel Wall last August, yet it has received no response.
Now the National Archives is accused of double standards for demanding records from the past six administrations while failing to provide its own.
‘ These documents could shed light on conversations between NARA and the White House during a highly politically fraught period leading up to the unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to obtain presidential records and the discovery of classified material at several locations associated with President Joe Biden’, PPT said in reference to their lawsuit.
‘Apparently, it’s too much to ask that the agency requesting everyone else turn over their records live by its own rules when its documents are sought,’ Michael Chamberlain, Director of Protect the Public’s Trust said. ‘
We’ll see if the National Archives fulfills the request for documents by PPT.