DOJ to Investigate Trump’s Handling of White House Records After Mar-a-Lago Raid

Cristina Laila,The National Archives asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records after it raided Mar-a-Lago.

The National Archives raided Mar-a-Lago last month and retrieved 15 Trump White House record boxes, according to the Washington Post.

It turns out all they found in the boxes were gifts, mementos and letters to Trump from world leaders.

Every recent presidential administration has had some Presidential Records Act violations, but the National Archives is now asking the DOJ to harass Trump with another investigation.

Trump’s advisors say there was no malicious intent and it will be a challenge for the DOJ to prove Trump tried to conceal gifts or mementos from the Archives.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported the Archives’ referral to the DOJ caused federal prosecutors to discuss the possibility of a criminal investigation.

The Post said it is unclear whether the Justice Department will actually investigate the boxes of gifts.

National Archives Raids Mar-a-Lago to Retrieve Trump White House Record Boxes – All They Found Were Mementos, Gifts and Letters From World Leaders

The National Archives raided Mar-a-Lago last month and retrieved Trump White House record boxes, according to the Washington Post.

It turns out all they found in the boxes were gifts, mementos and letters to Trump from world leaders.

This is totally normal.

Every recent presidential administration has had some Presidential Records Act violations, but the media has to sensationalize this story because it involves Trump.

Trump’s advisors say there was no malicious intent but the left-wing media is raising the possibility of Trump being charged for violating the Presidential Records Act.

The Washington Post reported:

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.

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