Crucial evidence detailing the surveillance and names of Americans spied on by the Obama administration have been moved to his presidential library and will be sealed for five years.
The information compiled by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was sought by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
The request under the Freedom of Information Act was denied by the National Security Council.
The documents include communications between Rice and intelligence community members about Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, and any suspected communications between Russia and Trump officials.
The information is no longer available, NSC director John Powers said in a letter:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library, Powers wrote. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said his group will seek to find out when the records were moved, and will take legal actions.
“Prosecutors, Congress, and the public will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and others in the Obama White House to the memory hole of the Obama Presidential Library,” Fitton said.