The Republican National Committee has instructed its employees to keep all documents related to the 2016 presidential campaign as a precaution as investigations into Russian election interference continue, according to a report.
RNC staff were instructed 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."
"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," a July 28 memo from the RNC counsel's office to staff said, according to BuzzFeed.
The RNC hasn't been contacted regarding the investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller at the Justice Department, as well as numerous congressional committees, the memo read, and the committee doesn't believe there is reason to believe it will be contacted.
However, the memo states that the RNC has 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," the memo read. "Serious consequences will result for anyone who fails to comply with this obligation."
The RNC worked alongside the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, and its former chairman, Reince Priebus, served as Trump's chief of staff in the White House before he resigned last week.
The memo from the RNC counsel's office states that the party committee is not "aware of any suggestion whatsoever of improper or illegal activity by the RNC or any of its employees or officers."
"In fact, as far as we are aware, the only potential connection the RNC has to any of the matters currently under investigation is as a victim of unsuccessful hacking attempts," the memo continued.