National Archives Remains Relatively Quiet as Controversy Swirls

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( – The National Archives and Records Administration has been relatively quiet regarding the revelation that President Biden had classified documents in his possession. According to ABC News, the National Archives recently requested that former presidents and vice presidents check their records for classified material. However, according to Fox News, the agency has not been as “outspoken” about Biden as it was about Trump. It has not responded to any criticism regarding the alleged differences in how it has treated Trump’s and Biden’s cases.

Following the passing of the Presidential Records Act, both Presidents and Vice Presidents have to let the National Archives handle all of the presidential records. On their website, the NARA states that they are the “nation’s record keeper” and that by collecting all of these documents they are able to hold officials accountable while keeping a clear archive of the nation’s history.

However, the revelation recently arose that Biden possessed classified documents from years ago in his private office at the Penn Biden Center think tank, and in his Wilmington, Delaware home. Now, Fox News has reported that the National Archives “has fallen quite short of its mission.” According to the most recent reports, there were up to 30 documents with classified markings found in five separate locations. This means that these documents have been in Biden’s for at least six years if they date back to the Obama administration, and 14 years if they date back to his time in the Senate.

Previously, the National Archives had requested Trump’s large number of records to be handed over. However, Trump refused to abide by the request which led to the August 2022 FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago home and finding hundreds of classified documents.

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