The National Archives’ list of press releases about presidential records shows that, while seven of the releases address documents received from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, none report on the documents found at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home and former D.C. office.
On December 20, 2022, National Archives published a list, which it has continued to update, of statements it has released regarding presidential documents, dating back to January of 2022 – all prior to the FBI’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August of 2022.
“In response to recent media reports that generated a large number of queries about presidential records, we issued the following statements to the media,” the National Archives explains in “Press Statements in Response to Media Queries About Presidential Records Media Alert · Tuesday, December 20, 2022,” introducing the following list:
- January 31, 2023, statement
- December 20, 2022, statement
- November 9, 2022, statement
- October 11, 2022, statement
- October 3, 2022, statement
- September 23, 2022, statement
- September, 8, 2022, statement
- August 12, 2022, statement
- February 8, 2022, statement
- February 7, 2022, statement
- January 31, 2022, statement
The first statement, published on January 31, 2022, reports that White House records-management officials from the Trump Administration had turned over records that had been torn and needed to be reassembled.
The next statement, published February 7, 2022, reported that Trump representatives had sent to the Archives records from Mar-a-Lago and were continuing to search for more:
“In mid-January 2022, NARA arranged for the transport from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021. Former President Trump’s representatives have informed NARA that they are continuing to search for additional Presidential records that belong to the National Archives.”
The next day (February 8, 2022), the Archives released a statement reiterating the cooperation of Trump’s representatives – and declaring that it had not conducted a “raid” of Mar-a-Lago:
“Throughout the course of the last year, NARA obtained the cooperation of Trump representatives to locate Presidential records that had not been transferred to the National Archives at the end of the Trump administration. When a representative informed NARA in December 2021 that they had located some records, NARA arranged for them to be securely transported to Washington. NARA officials did not visit or ‘raid’ the Mar-a-Lago property.”
The other four statements regarding Trump documents each reported the “release of documents processed in response to nearly 50 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking NARA records related to the 15 boxes of materials we received from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in January 2022.”
Of the remaining statements by the Archives, one reported on records obtained from multiple other presidents, while three addressed the handling of records from the presidency of Barack Obama.
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