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Trump’s documents are way more than just evidence. They are property of the people

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump holds his notes while speaking to the media before departing from the White House on November 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump spoke about the impeachment inquiry hearings currently taking place on Capitol Hill.

Former President Donald Trump was known for taking notes with a Sharpie during his time in office. Now, thanks to a 1978 law, these notes belong to the American people, along with every other record of his presidency. But this week, the former president’s adherence to the Presidential Records Act was called into question as it is reported that Trump allegedly held on to more White House records than previously thought.

On Monday, Aug. 8, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s residence in Florida, and opened a safe there in search of files that officials said had been removed from the White House, The New York Times reported. Investigators left the home with 11 sets of documents, some of which were marked Top Secret, meaning Trump may have violated the Espionage Act as well, The Times reported Friday.

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