National Archives Retrieves 15 Boxes of Trump Presidential Records From Mar-a-Lago

Officials from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) confirmed on Feb. 7 that the agency retrieved 15 boxes of presidential records from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.

The documents retrieved in January included communications between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a letter from former President Barrack Obama to Trump, sources told The Washington Post.

In a statement announcing the retrieval, NARA said that Trump representatives are “continuing to search for additional Presidential records that belong to the National Archives.”

NARA noted that the records should have been transferred to the agency at the end of the Trump administration in January 2021, as required by the Presidential Records Act.

“The Presidential Records Act is critical to our democracy, in which the government is held accountable by the people. Whether through the creation of adequate and proper documentation, sound records management practices, the preservation of records, or the timely transfer of them to the National Archives at the end of an administration, there should be no question as to need for both diligence and vigilance. Records matter,” National Archivist David Ferriero said.

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