National Archives agents raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last month and retrieved his administration’s White House record boxes, according to the Washington Post.
To their dismay, all the agents found were mementos, gifts, and letters to Trump, including a letter written by Barack Obama. The raid was conducted as part of an ongoing investigation into a potential violation of the Presidential Records Act, which requires former presidents to preserve and return all memos, emails, and letters that went through the office.
Recent presidential administrations, including Barack Obama’s, have violated this act, but the media and the government took no issue with those violations. It appears the federally-sanctioned anti-Trump double standard is continuing, despite Trump being out of office for more than a year now.
Trump’s camp has said that the president meant nothing malicious by keeping his administration’s hard-earned mementos, but as usual, the left-wing media is out for blood.
The Washington Post reports:
President Donald Trump improperly removed multiple boxes from the White House that were retrieved by the National Archives and Records Administration last month from his Mar-a-Lago residence because they contained documents and other items that should have been turned over to the agency, according to three people familiar with the visit.
The recovery of the boxes from Trump’s Florida resort raises new concerns about his adherence to the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of memos, letters, notes, emails, faxes and other written communications related to a president’s official duties.
Trump advisers deny any nefarious intent and said the boxes contained mementos, gifts, letters from world leaders and other correspondence. The items included correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump once described as “love letters,” as well as a letter left for his successor by President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the contents.
Discussions between the Archives and the former president’s lawyers that began last year resulted in the transfer of the records in January, according to one person familiar with the conversations. Another person familiar with the materials said Trump advisers discussed what had to be returned in December. People familiar with the transfer, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal details.