A Massachusetts federal judge denied a motion for summary judgment made by the Central Intelligence Agency and others in a lawsuit filed against the agencies by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts under the Freedom of Information Act over an alleged standing order issued by President Donald Trump regarding the declassification of documents.

In 2021, the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), was in communications with Trump representatives over missing records from his administration, according to the May  opinion. Trump provided NARA with 15 boxes. NARA concluded, after their initial review, the boxes contained highly classified documents intermingled with other records. NARA sent a referral to the U.S. Department of Justice on Feb. 9, 2022.