Mr. Trump insisted the documents seized in the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this week had already been declassified and safely secured. Then he turned his ire on Mr. Obama, indicating the Justice Department uses a double standard when it comes to Democrats.
It was the latest shot Mr. Trump took against his predecessor, blasting him in multiple Truth Social posts on Thursday. In one post, Mr. Trump claimed that Mr. Obama refused to give the documents back. In another post, he claimed several of the materials allegedly taken by Mr. Obama involved nuclear information.
When Mr. Obama departed the White House, tens of thousands of documents were shipped to a federal government facility, where they will be housed until his presidential library is built. It is unclear if any of the documents were classified.
In a statement Friday, the National Archives disputed Mr. Trump’s claim, saying they assumed legal and physical custody of Mr. Obama’s records in compliance with the Presidential Records Act. The 1978 law requires presidents and their staff to turn over all documents, including confidential materials, to the National Archives at the end of their presidency.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the agency said in a statement.
“Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration,” the statement continued.
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