Former President Donald Trump is once again coming under fire, this time for perhaps the biggest crime he may have committed related to his Presidency.
On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Trump had “improperly removed multiple boxes” of White House documents, “including letters from Barack Obama and Kim Jong Un.”
Those documents were recently “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.”
Trump’s team claims there was no “nefarious intent and said the boxes contained mementos, gifts, letters from world leaders and other correspondence,” but removing White House documents is very likely a violation of the Presidential Records Act, as legal experts are noting. Presidential historian Lindsay Chervinsky told the Post she was concerned that there could be national security implications.
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance agreed with Chervinsky, and national security attorney Bradley Moss, in a tweet to former Ambassador to Russia under Obama, Michael McFaul, suggested some of those documents are likely classified.
SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah noted that “Trump knowingly broke federal law (again) and again will not be charged.”
NBC/MSNBC Contributor Katie Pfang tweeted, “Those records weren’t in Florida for the weather.”
Attorney George Conway laid into Trump:
“I know I speak for all of you when I express my complete shock and utter incredulity at the suggestion that our fastidiously conscientious and incorruptibly virtuous former president could possibly have committed even the slightest infringement of the Presidential Records Act.”
Former U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli sarcastically noted that “they should also check for all WH silverware, towels, linens, furniture items, & art.”
According to the Posts’ report, the documents included correspondence with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, which Trump previously described as “love letters,” and also a letter left for Trump by President Barack Obama, as is tradition in the transition between administration.