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Trump Correspondence With North Korea's Kim Missing, Archives Told Lawyers

  • Archives lawyer warned Trump White House counsels in 2021
  • Missing documents prompted negotiations, search by FBI
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un 

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un 

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images 

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The top attorney at the National Archives emailed former White House lawyers  in May 2021 alerting them that the administration had failed to turn over correspondence between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg.

“There are also now certain paper/textual records that we cannot account for,” wrote Gary Stern, general counsel for the National Archives and Records Administration, wrote in a May 6, 2021, email sent to Patrick Philbin, the former deputy White House counsel, his deputy, Scott Gast, and a Trump lawyer, Mike Purpura.