A federal agency that preserves official records forcibly removed the former president’s keepsakes from his Florida home.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently seized mementos from Donald Trump’s private residence at the Mar-a-Lago Club, about 70 miles north of downtown Miami.
NARA employees removed about 15 boxes filled with so-called presidential “love letters” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, predecessor Barack Obama and more in mid-January 2022.
They claimed Trump should have surrendered all memos, letters, notes, emails, faxes and other forms of writing related to Oval Office duties due to the Presidential Records Act.
“These records should have been transferred to NARA from the White House at the end of the Trump Administration in January 2021,” U.S. Archivist David Ferriero said according to the Washington Post.
“The Presidential Records Act is critical to our democracy, in which the government is held accountable by the people,” he added.
Authorities are still searching for missing documents at the former president’s many properties across the United States.
“NARA pursues the return of records whenever we learn that records have been improperly removed or have not been appropriately transferred to official accounts,” Ferriero said according to Politico.
“There should be no question as to need for both diligence and vigilance—records matter,” he added.
A Trump representative did not immediately respond to the Washington Post’s request for comment.