Trump criticized security at National Archives, demands the return of his documents

"There is no security at NARA. I want my documents back!" Trump posted on Truth Social.

Updated: October 5, 2022 - 12:54pm

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Former President Trump is criticizing the National Archives and Records Administration for losing sensitive information related to the Clinton administration and says he wants back the documents that FBI agents took during their raid in August of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump made the statement Tuesday in a Truth Social post in which he linked to a years-old CNN story with the headline "National Archives loses hard drive with Clinton era records" and blasted the NARA for mishandling government information.

Trump and federal attorneys are in a legal battle over materials in the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that the U.S. government says should have went to the National Archives. 

"NARA lost a whole hard drive full of HIGHLY SENSITIVE information from the Clinton White House-more than 100,000 Social Security numbers and addresses, Secret Service and White House operating procedures (EXTREMELY SENSITIVE!), political records, and who knows what else," Trump posted.

"They left the hard drive in an unsecured location, and didn't realize it was gone for months-some say the data could have filled millions of books, and NARA admitted the material was 'personally identifiable,' impacting thousands of White House staffers, visitors, and even one of Al Gore's daughters.

"NARA actually had to offer a large ($50,000!) reward to try and get the information back. What else have they 'lost'? How can Americans trust a system like this? There is no security at NARA. I want my documents back!"