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Former president says he handed over documents to archivists

President Biden, former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have faced questions about why classified materials are kept at home.

The staff of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have made sure their superiors keep their records in the national public domain pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1993, 2001, 2009 and 2017. He told CNN that it was handed over to the Office of Records and Records Administration.

A representative for the late Mr. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, said that former President Bush turned in all his papers when he resigned and that his personal papers were returned to him after the archives sorted the materials. ​​It was done.

However, none of the representatives said the former president planned to search his home or office to see if classified records had been tampered with.

The discovery of records in unprotected areas has tripped Biden, Trump and Pence.

Mr. Trump faced a special counsel investigation last year after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago’s home and found classified records requested by the public archives.

Afterwards, classified materials were found at the Biden Pen Center and at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and how they got there, the White House said no further about the November findings. An investigation was conducted as to why.

Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, told the National Archives last week that a handful of classified documents were carelessly boxed up and taken to the home of the former vice president in Indiana at the end of the Trump administration.

Jacobs said Pence didn’t know the classified documents were in his home until his lawyer searched his home.

These revelations could provide Trump with legal cover, as the mingling of classified records with other documents may be more common than originally thought.

Politically, Democrats and others say things are different for Trump, as he refused to give back the records in negotiations leading up to the August attacks.

Former President Jimmy Carter found classified material at least once at his home in Plains, Georgia, and returned it to the National Archives, sources told The Associated Press.

The AP reported that the timing of the discovery was unknown. In particular, Mr. Carter signed the Presidential Records Act in 1978, but this provision did not go into effect until the Reagan administration.

The law states that records made or received by the President as part of his constitutional, statutory, or ceremonial obligations are considered the property of the U.S. government and should be administered by the National Archives upon the termination of his administration. It is stipulated.

Jeff Mordock contributed to this story.



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