Donald Trump and the Presidential Records Act have had a contentious relationship almost from day one. Now it seems he’s violated this law, put in place to store all records created during a President’s term in order to maintain accountability, in yet a third way.
It was only the second day of Donald Trump’s single presidential term that his behavior first raised questions about potential violations of the Presidential Records Act. According to Slate, that was the day — January 21st, 2017, the day after his inauguration — that he deleted his first tweet in office. Like many other deletions that would follow, it seemed to stem from Trump’s embarrassment over a spelling error: he typed “I am honered to serve you, the great American people, as your 45th President of the United States!” and later reposted with the correct spelling of ‘honored.’
Going forward, he made the lives of White House aides more difficult by shredding documents, leading to reports that those around him were having to pick up confetti-sized pieces and tape them back together in order to maintain necessary records as required by law.
Now the Washington Post is reporting that the former president also apparently left the White House with documents in his possession, or otherwise had them transported to his Florida home. The National Archives, seeking documents requested by the January 6th Committee, was forced to collect multiple boxes of documents and other items from Mar-A-Lago, after they were “improperly removed” from the White House.
These reportedly include correspondence with other world leaders, and items that people close to Trump described as ‘mementos.’
Trump has made significant efforts to keep documents out of the hands of the January 6th Committee, even taking a case all the way to the Supreme Court, but his advisors insist Trump had no ill intent in keeping documents that should have been turned over to the National Archives.
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