Republican National Committee Instructs Staff Not To Edit Or Delete Any Documents From 2016 Election

Republican National Committee Instructs Staff Not To Edit Or Delete Any Documents From 2016 Election

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It looks like the RNC is gearing up for a potential widening of the Russia probe.

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The RNC counsel's office sent out a memo on July 28 instructing employees not to delete any documents as investigations into Russia's meddling in the election are being conducted.

"Given the important role that the RNC plays in national elections and the potentially expansive scope of the inquiries and investigations, it is possible that we will be contacted with requests for information," the memo reads.

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It then instructs employees to "preserve all documents potentially relevant to these matters until they are resolved or until we are informed by all necessary parties that preservation is no longer necessary."

It further orders employees not to "delete, destroy, modify, or remove from your paper files, laptop computer, desktop computer, tablet, mobile device, e-mail, or any storage system or device, any documents, records, or other materials that relate to the 2016 presidential election or that may relate to any investigation concerning the election."

The memo assures employees that the RNC "has not been contacted regarding any of the ongoing investigations, and there is no specific reason to believe we will be. Nonetheless, we have an obligation to keep potentially relevant documents. This is standard procedure for any organization that may be in a position to provide helpful or otherwise relevant information to litigants or investigators. Serious consequences will result for anyone who fails to comply with this obligation."

It's important to note that the chairman of the RNC during the last election cycle was Reince Priebus, Trump's recently-ousted chief of staff.

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And while the memo states that the RNC is unaware of any "improper or illegal activity," it does state that "the only potential connection the RNC has to any of the matters currently under investigation is as a victim of unsuccessful hacking attempts."


As soon as the news hit Twitter, many were immediately suspicious:

As the party widely known for berating Hillary Clinton for allegedly deleting emails, it would be pretty hypocritical of the RNC to delete their own:

Does this mean the writing is on the wall for the RNC? Some people seem to think so:


H/T: Uproxx, Buzzfeed, Twitter

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