New York– On Mon. Aug. 8, FBI agents raided former U.S. President Donald Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Earlier this year in February, Congress was informed by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration that about 15 boxes were retrieved from the home, some of which contained classified materials. The raid is coming at the worst time for the former president. The Justice Department’s investigations into his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election are still pending.
Investigators left the home with 11 sets of documents, some of which were marked Top Secret, meaning Trump may have violated the Espionage Act as well, The Times reported Friday. Needless, to say, the search is an indicator that the former president may be in deep trouble. But Trump still seems to remain righteously indignant in the face of his impending doom.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” said Trump. He assigned blame to Democrats who simply don’t want him to run for president in 2024. According to Trump, this is all a ploy to prevent Republicans from winning in the midterm elections.
But back to the raid; The presence of those records illustrates Trump’s blatant violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. Under this act, once a president’s term ends, all presidential and vice presidential records must be turned over to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This includes paper memos, emails, texts, voice memos, scraps of paper with scribbled notes for an upcoming speech, or anything related to acts related to the presidency.
The irony here is that in 2018, Trump himself signed a law declaring that wrongly moving classified documents is a felony that carries a five-year maximum sentence. Talk about things coming back full circle. The statute also clearly states that an offender would be immediately disqualified from holding current or future office.
The FBI is currently headed by Christopher Wray, who was also appointed by Trump before he left office.
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