National Archives Denies Raid on Mar-a-Lago

( )- In January, the National Archives and Records Administration retrieved fifteen boxes of documents and records from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home that should have been turned over to the agency when he left the White House, according to the Washington Post.

The National Archives confirmed the story on Monday saying after speaking with former President Trump’s representatives, the NARA arranged to have the records transported from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives in mid-January. The National Archives also confirmed that Trump representatives at Mar-a-Lago are “continuing to search” for any additional records.

Everything from memos, letters, notes, emails, faxes, and other communications related to a president’s official duties are required to be preserved with the National Archives and Records Administration.

According to the Post, Trump’s people deny that there was any “nefarious intent” when they took fifteen boxes of documents and records. Instead, the boxes contained mementos, gifts, and letters from world leaders.

Among the items retrieved were Trump’s correspondence with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as well as the letter left for President Trump by outgoing President Barack Obama.

Two former advisors to President Trump told the Washington Post that because Trump didn’t want to pack or “accept defeat” during the transition, the packing process in the final days of the Trump White House was “frenzied.”

Shortly after the story broke, rumors swirled that the National Archives had conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago. However, the NARA dismissed the rumors, noting in a statement on Wednesday that no officials from the National Archives even went to Mar-a-Lago, let alone raided the place.

On Thursday ABC News reported that the NARA had asked the Justice Department to investigate former President Trump’s violation of the Presidential Records Act

According to ABC News, a source confirmed that there have been discussions about it, but only in the very early stages. The source added that it was not clear if the Justice Department will open a formal investigation into the matter.

Legal experts told ABC News that it is unlikely the DOJ would pursue criminal charges over a former president violating the Presidential Records Act.