National Archives seeks Justice Department investigation of Trump's handling of White House documents

Former President Donald Trump handling of White House records has been a source of speculation.

By Evan Perez, CNN Justice Correspondent

(CNN) -- The National Archives has asked the Department of Justice to investigate former President Donald Trump's handling of White House records, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The source said the Archives is seeking a review of whether Trump violated the Presidential Records Act. It is not clear if the Archives will launch a formal investigation. A vast majority of referrals to the Department of Justice do not end up sparking a formal investigation.

The Washington Post was first to report the request.

In a statement Wednesday, the Archives said, "We do not comment on potential or ongoing investigations."

The request came after recent revelations that the National Archives had to retrieve 15 boxes of records that had ended up with Trump in Mar-a-Lago and other documents given to the Archives were torn up and had to be pieced back together.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

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