According to Politico, the Trump campaign didn’t do much to preserve emails and communications that could be critical in the investigation of a possible collusion between Donald Trump’s associates and Russian officials.
In most cases political campaigns are not required to save emails on their private server for long periods of time, most emails are automatically deleted 30 to 90 days after being sent, unless steps are taken to preserve them.
But, knowing that those emails could be critical for the Russian investigation, the Trump campaign did not do much to maintain those communications, according to a former campaign aide.
“You’d be giving us too much credit,” the former aide told Politico. “The idea of document retention did not come up. The idea of some formal structure did not come up.”
Now, the White House has more rigorous record keeping rules. White House counsel Don McGahn has even directed staffers to do what they can to preserve emails that could be requested or used in ongoing federal investigations into Russian election meddling.
According to Politico, if White House staffers fails to preserve such documents it would potentially lead to legal trouble.
According to U.S. law, individuals are require to preserve any documents, including emails, as soon as they become aware that such material could be pertinent to an investigation, regardless of whether they are formally notified by investigators.