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Trump Rearranges Access to Presidential Records

By    |   Friday, 06 October 2023 10:02 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump designated new people to have access to his presidential records, Politico reported.

In a Sept. 19 letter to the National Archives, Trump rescinded access to former advisers and named two people as designated representatives.

"With this letter, I designate Todd Blanche, Esq. and M. Evan Corcoran, Esq. as my representatives in all respects that pertain to access to the records of my Presidency," Trump wrote in the previously unreported letter to U.S. Archivist Colleen Shogan, Politico reported.

"This letter supersedes all prior correspondence on this topic in that the representatives named herein are not in addition to, but replace, any prior designee."

Before the Sept. 19 letter, Trump had authorized nine people to serve as his official representatives to the National Archives. They included seven aides who were with Trump in the closing days of his administration: former chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House lawyers Pat Cipollone, Pat Philbin, Michael Purpura, John Eisenberg, and Scott Gast, as well as Justice Department official Steven Engel, Politico reported.

Journalist John Solomon and former Pentagon aide Kash Patel were added to the list in June 2022.

Who has access to Trump's presidential records is of interest because the former president had been accused of mishandling classified documents.

Trump has indicated he plans to assert that the documents, seized by the FBI at the Mar-a-Lago estate, were official "presidential records" that he was allowed to possess.

Blanche is part of Trump's defense team in a trial is scheduled to begin in May in Fort Pierce, Florida, before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon.

Corcoran in April recused himself from the classified documents case, The Washington Post reported. That was after an appeals court rejected an effort by Trump's attorneys to block Corcoran from having to testify and hand over records to special counsel Jack Smith's team.

Blanche and fellow attorney Christopher Kise on Wednesday filed a motion asking Cannon to postpone his classified documents trial until after next year's presidential election.

Trump currently is the clear front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy, a writer/editor at Newsmax, has nearly 40 years of experience covering news, sports, and politics.

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