The National Archives is officially asking former presidents and vice presidents to double-check their personal files for any classified documents or other presidential records in commemoration of secret documents discovered in in homes of former President Donald Trump former Vice President Mike Pence and President Joe Biden over in last year.
The archive sent a letter on Thursday to representatives of former presidents and vice presidents of last six presidential administrations subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) – from former White House of President Ronald Reagan to date.
The letter, which was reviewed by CNN, asks you to check your files in order to ensure which material that are considered personal does not “unintentionally” contain presidential records that required to be legally converted over to Archive.
“The duty to comply with PRA does not decrease after the end of administration,” the letter said. “Therefore, we ask you to evaluate of Any materials kept outside of NARA, which belong to the Administration for whom you serve as a designated representative under the PRA to determine whether authorities are of materials previously considered personal in nature may inadvertently contain records of the President or Vice President subject to PRA, whether classified or not.”
The letter notes that “although much of Attention of these cases are concentrated on secret informationPRA requires that all records of the President of every administration from Reagan onwards should be transferred to NARA, regardless of of classification status.
Archive sent a letter to representatives for former Presidents Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, as well as former Vice Presidents Pence, Biden, Dick Cheney, Al Gore and Dan Quayle.
Representatives for four former every president so far has told CNN they don’t have secret records in them possession. representatives for former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and the late George H. W. Bush told CNN that all the secret tapes had been exposed. over to the National Archives after leaving office.
Former President Jimmy Carter did not receive a letter from the Archives as he is technically exempt from the Presidential Records Act. Although Carter signed the PRA, it did not take effect until he left office.
Source familiar with The archive told CNN that it does not remember Carter finding any classified documents.
Quayle confirmed to CNN that things have turned around. over in Archives and sources familiar with records of Cheney said he also turned everything upside down over when he left The White house. representative for Gore said he and his staff turned everything around over when leaving the White House and without secrets material has been discovered since then.
In the most recent case, Pence turned over about a dozen classified documents in the FBI, like CNN first reported this week, in what is the third case of a current or former Residents of the White House with classified data material Him home or office. outside of abundance of watch out, pence also provided four boxes of unclassified material to the National Archives to do sure Nothing more in his possession subject to the Presidential Documents Act.
Trump had more over 300 secret documents in his possession at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, while Biden had ten classified documents in his former private office in Washington. Further games of secret documents were subsequently found at the Biden residence in Wilmington, Delaware.