The National Archive is much more scrupulous in case of Trump docs

Hillary Clinton just 'lost' her emails

The National Archives of the United States asked former president Donald Trump for the return of a large number of documents more than a year before the raid on Mar-a-Lago. The Washington Post has an email from May 2021 in which the head of the institution, Gary Stern, asks Trump’s lawyers for the paperwork.

In the email, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) writes that in the last year of Trump’s presidency, some 24 boxes of official documents were stored in the living area of the White House.

One of Trump’s lawyers allegedly determined just before the president’s departure in January 2021 that the documents should be handed over to NARA. That still hadn’t happened at the time of the May 2021 email.

At least two documents were not clear where they were, the email said. It was a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a letter that Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama sent him at the beginning of his presidency.

According to The Washington Post, Stern made several attempts to get his hands on the documents in the fall of 2021. Only after threatening to inform Congress of the situation, Trump would have cooperated.

The former president transferred the first fifteen boxes in January 2022. About 150 confidential documents were found. That was one of the factors that led to the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago on August 8. During that action and a voluntary handover in June, another 150 confidential documents would have surfaced.

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