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Opinion: Trump administration, preserve evidence of what you've done

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act require preservation of an administration's records, write Sean Casten and nine other members of Congress. Given the pattern of behavior by Donald Trump and his senior officials, federal employees must be particularly vigilant and diligent in following all laws and preserving all documents during this presidential transition, they write

Since 2016, President Donald Trump, members of his campaign and his administration have run roughshod over both the letter and the spirit of our laws.

These laws ensure that documents, including digital and electronic records, pertaining to the official duties of the president, vice president, and federal agencies are retained and preserved.

Our challenge in this moment is that the culture of the Trump administration has led some of its officials to treat our laws and democratic norms as hindrances rather than sacred obligations.

Given the pattern of behavior by Trump and his senior officials, we must remain vigilant to ensure all laws are followed, and all documents are preserved during this transition.

Trump will be President until January 20, and until then, he is entitled to exercise all the lawful powers of his office to faithfully execute our laws and "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" for the common good.

As members of Congress, we will be proactive during this transition, staying in regular touch with inspectors general and record-keeping officials.

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