The National Archives have requested that all former US Presidents search their homes for misplaced documents.
Recently, it was discovered that current US President Joe Biden had several classified documents in his private home, leftovers from his time as Vice President. Not long after, it was discovered that former Vice President Mike Pence had several classified documents in his own home, discovered after a personal search. These discoveries come after last year’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which also turned up multiple classified documents.
Following these discoveries, the National Archives have decided it’s time to be a bit more proactive with their paperwork. In an official letter from the Archives to the representatives of all former Presidents and Vice Presidents, they requested that a record search be performed to determine if any more classified documents had been misplaced.
In their letter, the Archives stressed that even after a President’s term ends, they and their staff are obligated to comply with the Presidential Records Act. “Therefore, we request that you conduct an assessment of any materials held outside of (the Archives) that relate to the administration for which you serve as a designated representative under the PRA, to determine whether bodies of materials previously assumed to be personal in nature might inadvertently contain Presidential or Vice Presidential records subject to the PRA, whether classified or unclassified.”
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So far, the only representative to respond publicly to the letter is Freddy Ford, chief of staff to former President George W. Bush. “Thank you for your note,” he responded. “We understand its purpose and remain confident that no such materials are in our possession.”