Elise Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Conference and a representative from New York, stated to Breitbart News this week that a “baseless” National Archives referral was the reason the federal government turned against former President Trump.
Stefanik talked to Breitbart News while the House Intel Committee issued a transcript of the evidence given to the committee in March by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Before the closed-door committee hearing, Mark Bradley, the head of NARA’s Information Security Accountability Office, and William Bosanko, the agency’s top operations officer, both gave testimony.
In his testimony, Bosanko said that it was he who first called the Justice Department’s inspector general of the Archives. He said that there was special anxiety over the contact between Trump and Kim Jung Il, the leader of North Korea.
Bosanko was questioned at the hearing by Stefanik, a member of the Intel Committee, who grilled him on whether he had ever sent a former president to speak with the inspector general. Bosanko replied, “No.”
“President Trump, the front-runner for the presidency of the United States, has been targeted illegally by government agencies,” according to Stefanik, who spoke to Breitbart News. “This bombshell discovery is the epitome of that.”
“The truth is, a non-elected bureaucrat at a government agency outrageously abused their authority with a baseless referral leading to the first-ever search of a former president’s home, centered simply on private messages from President Obama to President Trump as well as between President Trump and the president of North Korea,” the Washington Post reported.
Unlike Trump’s keeping of letters from foreign leaders, the House Intel Committee emphasized that the retention of secret materials is far more widespread.
“Since 2010, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has had more than 80 calls from libraries and institutions where former members of Congress and high-ranking government officials have seized documents and donated them. Sen. Edmund Muskie, for instance, unintentionally sent 98 sensitive materials to Bates College.”
“NARA officials provided testimony that every president since the administration of Ronald Reagan has dealt with classified material improperly, and they discovered mixed-use documents that were both classified and unclassified.”
“NARA had no knowledge of missing sensitive materials; instead, it was searching for historical artifacts, such as President Trump’s communication with Kim Jong Un and the letter which President Obama had left for President Trump.”
Stefanik said that she is going to keep pushing back against the overreach of the federal government.
“I will keep up my aggressive and successful oversight efforts to discover the truth, cut out the decay and abuse within these agencies,” she said. “I am going to hold those in government responsible for their personal political weaponization of the federal government regarding President Trump and countless more Americans.”