REPORT: National Archives issues rare statement on Presidential Records Act

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The National Archives and Records Administration issued a rare statement on Friday clarifying the Presidential Records Act and rejecting claims that former President Donald Trump had two years to sort through classified documents.

The Archives specified that presidents are expected to turn in all of their presidential documents at the end of their administration, and it said that sorting through the documents to determine what is considered presidential versus personal documents should be done before the president leaves office.

Presidential records are documentary materials created or received by the president, his immediate staff, or an individual in the Executive Office of the President whose function is to advise or assist the president, the Archives said.

“Recent media reports have generated a large number of queries about Presidential records and the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in the statement.

“The PRA requires that all records created by Presidents (and Vice-Presidents) be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at the end of their administrations,” NARA said.

“Personal records include ‘diaries, journals, or other personal notes serving as the functional equivalent of a diary or journal which are not prepared or utilized for, or circulated or communicated in the course of, transacting Government business,'” the NARA release said.

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