Friday 12 August 2022 09:58 PM National Archives rejects 's claim that Obama took 33 million pages of ... trends now

Friday 12 August 2022 09:58 PM National Archives rejects 's claim that Obama took 33 million pages of ... trends now
Friday 12 August 2022 09:58 PM National Archives rejects Trump's claim that Obama took 33 million pages of ... trends now

Friday 12 August 2022 09:58 PM National Archives rejects Trump's claim that Obama took 33 million pages of ... trends now

The National Archives snapped back on Friday at Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama took 33 million pages of classified documents from the White House, saying it was not true.

The agency said, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA), Obama's unclassified presidential records are in a facility they control in Chicago while the classified Obama records are in a secure facility in the Washington D.C. area.

Obama has no control over them, the agency said. 

'As required by the PRA, former President Barack Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the presidential records of his administration,' the National Archives and Records Administration noted in a statement.

Trump alleged on Friday that Obama kept 'lots' of classified documents after leaving the White House.

'President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified,' Trump said in a post on Truth Social. 'How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!'

Trump mentioned Obama in multiple Truth Social posts on Thursday that asked 'what happened' to millions of pages of documents he said Obama took from the White House to Chicago. Obama 'refused to give them back,' one post said.

National Archives snapped back at Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama took 33 million pages of classified documents from the White House, saying it was false and they had records

National Archives snapped back at Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama took 33 million pages of classified documents from the White House, saying it was false and they had records

Statement from National Archives on Trump accustions on Obama records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA). NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of records of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA. Additionally NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Barack Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the presidential records of his administration. 

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The National Archives in Chicago is a depository for federal records and has a research room where a visitor can request to see records, according to its website. The archives has facilities across the country including in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, New York, and Seattle.

Obama can request digital copies of his unclassified records for his presidential library but he would have to pay for them as the records are the property of the federal government. 

Trump's attacks on his predecessor came as the search warrant used to execute the raid on Mar-a-Lago is expected to be revealed on Friday.

Monday's raid was part of a longer-running investigation into documents Trump took with him when he left the White House. 

Under the Presidential Records Act, all such documents must be turned over to the National Archives and Records

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