Donald Trump, a former president, is presently engaged in numerous legal conflicts. The legal team defending Trump in the case involving the confidential documents is now launching an attack as he gets ready to build defenses against what some have dubbed a “patently political prosecution” in Manhattan and against claims made by a Democrat prosecutor in Georgia.
According to a report from Fox News Digital, the National Archives and Records Administration is being compelled to reveal its position by the trio of attorneys that are representing Trump in the special counsel investigation into the presidential candidate’s retention and handling of alleged classified documents.
Lawyers Lindsey Halligan, Evan Corcoran, and James Trusty submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the NARA on Monday.
They assert that their FOIA lawsuit will support their suspicions, as well as those of the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, that the National Archives is a “highly politicized” organization that used the Presidential Records Act as a weapon in a “unconstitutional and unprecedented weaponization of a civil dispute over classified materials.”
According to Trusty, they have asked for “papers that would demonstrate NARA’s drastically different treatment of President Trump from any other president,” according to Fox News Digital.
The media has previously covered allegations that the NARA treated President Joe Biden favorably when he was discovered to be in possession of numerous caches of classified papers that he may have handled and maintained inappropriately.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the committee’s chair, complained about “a political bias” at the NARA in a letter to interim archivist Debra Steidel Wall on January 10. Wall reportedly played a key role in the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home because of purportedly mishandled documents.
“After serving as Vice President, President Biden kept highly sensitive materials in a closet at his own office,” according to Comer. “For months, NARA failed to reveal this to Committee Republicans and the American public. Days before the 2022 midterm elections, NARA became aware of these records but chose not to inform the public that President Biden might have been breaking the law.”
“In the meantime, NARA ordered an unprecedented FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former President Trump, to seize presidential records. Political bias at NARA is questioned by the agency’s inconsistent approach to recovering classified data stored by former Presidents Trump and Biden,” Comer continued.
According to Trusty and the rest of Trump’s legal team, the FOIA lawsuit is expected to turn up proof of “highly-politicized bureaucrats who worked in collaboration with politicians and the DOJ to criminalize a dispute that never had criminal ramifications,” he claimed.
Trusty continued, “We’re optimistic that NARA will create a different and politicized handling of President Trump in response to our demands.”