“Shocking” New Report Claims Trump Took Official Documents From The White House, Moved Them To Mar-A-Lago, Including “Letters From Barack Obama” And Legal Experts Say It Is Against Federal Law

Can someone please explain to me how he keeps getting away with this?!

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Thanks to the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States, in conjunction with the January 6th House Select Committee, we have recently come to learn that one-term, twice-impeached ex-President Donald Trump engaged in some extremely shady behaviors during his White House term, with regard to his duty to record-keeping as the leader of this nation.

We’ve reported on a couple of different occasions now regarding Trump’s habit of regularly ripping up his official documents during his time as president — apparently, it was so much of an issue that staffers were forced to follow behind him in an effort to figure out how to proceed with the damaged documents, resulting in the National Archives admitting that several of the documents they handed over to the House panel were taped back together because Trump had torn them to shreds.

But evidently, it still gets worse from there.

A new report from the Washington Post today is making even bigger waves as they reveal that Trump allegedly “improperly removed multiple boxes” of official documents from the White House “including letters from Barack Obama and Kim Jong Un” and relocated them to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort where he’s resided since departing the White House.

According to the report, the documents in question “were retrieved by the National Archives and Records Administration last month from his Mar-a-Lago residence,” and “should have been turned over to the agency, according to three people familiar with the visit.”

Advisers to Trump have insisted that there was no “nefarious intent and said the boxes contained mementos, gifts, letters from world leaders and other correspondence.” However, the Post report disagrees with that assertion, and so do we.

According to numerous legal and presidential experts, Trump’s decision to remove official documents from the White House and take them to the place he now considers how is a direct violation of the Presidential Records Act, a federal law that “Establishes public ownership of all Presidential records and defines the term Presidential records.”

Speaking to the publication, presidential historian Lindsay Chervinsky heavily suggested that Trump’s move could carry some very serious national security implications.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance echoed a similar concern:

In a tweet tagging former Obama Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, national security attorney Bradley Moss seemingly suggested that many of these documents that Trump tampered with could possibly contain classified information:

Hitting the situation with a touch of sarcasm,  NBC News and MSNBC Legal Contributor Katie Pfang tweeted, “Those records weren’t in Florida for the weather.”

Attorney and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah said what we’re all sitting here thinking:

Former SDNY U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli made one hell of a point when he noted, “They should also check for all WH silverware, towels, linens, furniture items, & art.”

Even Kellyanne Conway’s husband George weighed in on the matter with his own touch of trademarked sarcasm and mockery against his wife’s former boss:

What do we do at this point? Just add this to the laundry list of shit Trump will never see an ounce of trouble for?

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