Panel on Trump’s Presidential Records & Library Launch Sunshine Week

Open The Government will host a live interactive webinar on former President Donald Trump’s presidential records and potential library on March 15 as part of  Sunshine Week, the nation-wide celebration of access to public information that takes place every year around James Madison’s birthday, the father of the Constitution and proponent of open government.

Join a virtual discussion on March 15 at 11 a.m. as experts and advocates delve into The Trump Presidential Library? What Presidents Do to Keep Us from Knowing What Presidents Do highlighting:

  • Why the Trump administration’s past recordkeeping practices and efforts to block transparency and accountability pose a real threat to the public’s right to know.
  • How the Presidential Records Act and Presidential Libraries Act apply to Trump’s records and proposed legislation to enhance the transition and preservation of presidential records.
  • The role of the National Archives and Records Administration as custodian of the Trump presidency’s records, its “new model” for presidential libraries, and more.

Speakers:

  • Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director, Open The Government 
  • Anthony Clark, Writer, Former House Oversight Professional Staffer
  • Anne Weismann, Government Information Litigator & Former Chief FOIA Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Architecture Critic, Washington Post

Please RSVP here.

Related Resources on Presidential Records & Libraries:
Open Government Coalition Urges NARA to Preserve Presidential Records (Letter to U.S. Archivist David Ferriero)
A Brief History of Presidential Libraries (Video: 5 minutes) 
What Are Presidential Libraries? (Video: 50 seconds)
NARA and Presidential Foundations (Video: 1 minute 52 seconds)

Contact:
Ufuoma Otu, uotu@openthegovernment.org, (202) 332-0251

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