The New York Times reported that the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly refused to return the documents he stole from the White House and that they were classified as “confidential” arguing that they were not theirs, but his.
According to the aforementioned media, Trump severely criticized the attempts of the National Archives and Records Administration, NARA, to recover the documents that he took to his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
They are not theirs, they are mine. It was the response that the former president gave to the White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, as well as to his deputy Patrick Philbin.
Under pressure, NARA got 15 boxes returned to it in January 2022, and on June 3, 2022, other boxes were returned after the Department of Justice issued a subpoena, and on August 8, the FBI recovered more material following a warrant. raid at Mar-a-Lago.
The informants, who kept their names anonymous, revealed to the NYT that Trump considered the materials to be his property.when documents amassed by a US president in the course of his work are known to belong to the government under the Presidential Records Act, which was passed in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.
As the court order revealed last Friday, the search at Trump’s house was aimed at finding classified documents that the former president took from the White House when he left power in 2021.
The former Republican president is being investigated for the possible commission of three crimes: violation of the Espionage Law, obstruction of justice and destruction of documents, which, in case of conviction, could carry from fines to prison terms and disqualification from holding political office. .
Among the documentation seized by the FBI are 26 boxes and several folders of documents and photos labeled “top secret” or “confidential”, one of them under the title “President of France” and another on Roger’s request for pardon. Stone, a Trump confidant.
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Source: La Opinion