White House staff were concerned about Trump’s documents

As more details emerge of the FBI’s ‘raid’ of Mar-a-Lago, which is already being downgraded to a ‘quiet’ search, a new report claims White House officials were increasingly concerned about Donald Trump’s habit of carrying documents around in boxes. After his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, key staffers realized the issue could easily become a concern as Trump showed no signs of following the law on presidential records.

More worryingly, no one knew what the heck Trump was even carrying. Going through The New York Times:

For many months before leaving office, Mr. Trump would tell his aides to bring him documents to the residence while he was in the Oval Office, and they would comply, but there was no process. in place, meaning officials whose job it was to keep track of the paperwork didn’t always know exactly what happened there, according to people familiar with the events.

At the end of his presidency, and as Mr. Trump fought to undo his election defeat, some of his aides were keen to preserve the work of the office itself. His habit of carrying equipment in cardboard boxes, with a personal helper or valet carrying them, was well known, but the contents were not always clear.

According to Time, White House staff have been holding meetings about how to get Trump to return his boxes, but it’s unclear if he’s ever been asked or if “officials just didn’t put it to him.” Clearly, the problem has escalated, as evidenced by the search warrant issued to Mar-a-Lago. Newsweek recently reported that an informant provided the FBI with information about what documents Trump had and where to find them.

As to why the sudden concern over documents the National Archives has tried to retrieve from Trump since he left office, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department remain silent.

(Going through The New York Times)

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