Washington DC: The National Archives and Records Administration NARA said it has retrieved 15 boxes of White House records and other items that were stored at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property instead of at the National Archives.
The documents retrieved last month from the Florida property contained important records of communication along with Trump’s self-described “love letters” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as a letter addressed to Trump from his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
According to the Washington Post, keeping the boxes of records at Mar-a-Lago violated the Presidential Records Act — which requires that the government keep all forms of documents and communications related to a president’s or vice president’s official duties.
As required by the act, the records discovered at Mar-a-Lago should have been transferred to NARA from the White House at the end of the Trump administration in January 2021.
“The Presidential Records Act mandates that all Presidential records must be properly preserved by each Administration so that a complete set of Presidential records is transferred to the National Archives at the end of the Administration,” said David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.
In a statement released by the National Archives Public and Media Communications, the agency said that it arranged for the transport of 15 boxes containing the presidential records from Trump’s Florida property last month “following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021.”
News of the boxes discovered at Trump’s Florida residence comes a week after the Archives turned over damaged White House documents from his administration to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.