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In a statement released Thursday morning, former President Donald Trump said he had obtained permission to transfer boxes of White House documents for display in his presidential library.

The statement follows more than a week of proliferating allegations that Trump illegally took some presidential files and tore up others that should have gone to the National Archives for posterity.

Trump’s statement, however, did not specify where the Trump Presidential Library would be located or when it would be built.

Here are five things to know about the controversy surrounding his deletion of records after leaving office and allegations that he destroyed records while president.

Trump said he took papers after ‘collaborative and respectful’ talks

According to Trump, he took boxes that “contained letters, files, newspapers, magazines and miscellaneous items” after “collaborative and respectful discussions” with the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA. He said some of this “will one day be displayed in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library for the public to see the incredible accomplishments of my administration for the American people.”

Trump’s statement also added: “The articles were delivered easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis, which is different from the accounts written by the Fake News Media. In fact, this was considered routine and” not serious “. ‘”

Following: The National Archives obtained 15 boxes of presidential records from Mar-a-Lago

Trump’s version clashes with the position of the National Archives

In a February 7 statement, NARA officials said otherwise. The NARA statement said those boxes should not have accompanied Trump to the former Southern White House, Mar-a-Lago. “As required by the Presidential Archives Act, the archives should have been transferred to NARA from the White House at the end of the Trump administration in January 2021,” the NARA statement read.

In fact, NARA officials said their discussions with Trump officials were aimed at requesting the transfer of the former president’s records from Mar-a-Lago to Washington, not the other way around.

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“In mid-January 2022, NARA arranged for the transportation from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives of 15 boxes containing presidential records, following discussions with representatives of President Trump in 2021” , the National Archives said.

Additionally, the federal agency added, “Over the past year, NARA has obtained the cooperation of Trump’s representatives to locate presidential records that had not been transferred to the National Archives at the end of the year. Trump administration. When a representative notified NARA in December 2021 that they had located documents, NARA arranged for them to be transported safely to Washington.”

The History of the Presidential Archives Act Goes Through… Boynton Beach

Until September 1974, presidential papers, archives and documents undoubtedly belonged to the former president to do as he pleased – save them, destroy them, sell them.

Most 20th century presidents, then very aware of the importance of controlling their place in history, began to establish presidential museums and libraries.

The big change came the month after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency following the Watergate scandal. Fearing that Nixon would destroy key evidence against him and that he and his team would be seen as accomplices in the final Watergate cover-up, President Gerald Ford sent a trusted attorney, Benton Becker, to visit Nixon shortly after the Labor 1974.

Becker, who would later live in Boynton Beach, left Nixon’s San Clemente compound with two critical documents in his briefcase. One was a statement from Nixon accepting a pardon from Ford. The other was an agreement in which Nixon ceded sole ownership of his presidential documents, recordings, and tapes to the federal government.

This agreement became the basis for the Presidential Archives Act of the 1970s, which made the presidential archives the property of the American people for the purposes of transparency and history.

Trump claims legal rights to the papers, denies flushing them down the toilet

Nonetheless, Trump asserted in his statement that he did not have to give up those documents.

“In reality, I was told that I was under no obligation to give this material based on various legal rulings that have been made over the years,” Trump said in a statement. He did not identify or quote which decisions he was referring to.

Trump also denied reports that “I flushed papers and documents down the White House toilet.”

Trump offers rare mention of Presidential Library

Trump’s claim that he kept records from his presidential library is a rare mention of a post-presidential museum.

There has been speculation that such a facility could be located in Palm Beach County. But 13 months into his post-presidency, there is no public discussion about fundraising and the planning or design of a Donald J. Trump Presidential Library.

Trump has instead spent the last year touting his bogus claims of voter fraud and suggesting he will run for president again.

More than 60 justices, the former attorney general, and dozens of federal and state GOP officials have debunked the bogus claims of voter fraud. But the vast majority of Republicans, polls continue to show, don’t listen to anyone but Trump and a few TV personalities.

In fact, if anyone was undermining the presidential election results, critics said, and investigations seem to show, it was Trump himself, with the help of his lawyers and aides.

But those campaign lies have been the platform for Trump’s emergence as a post-White House GOP kingmaker, and his hopes for a presidential campaign comeback in 2024.

As such, a presidential museum piece, like a library, seems more like a business for a retired former POTUS than one contemplating a comeback. Which would at least explain Trump’s public indifference, if not disinterest, for a presidential museum and library.