RETRACTION, Sept. 30, 2022: The story from PJ Media on which this commentary was greatly based has since been withdrawed by that outlet as inaccurate. The Western Journal has actually for that reason chosen to withdraw this commentary completely too.
A September 2018 letter from the Obama Foundation to then-Archivist of the USA David S. Ferriero has some of us scraping our heads over the FBI’s extraordinary Aug. 8 raid on former Head of state Donald Trump’s home in South Florida.
In the letter, the executive director of the Obama Structure, Robbin Cohen, goes over the terms under which the foundation would certainly collaborate with the National Archives as well as Records Management to protect governmental products while it digitized the documents.
Meanwhile, the facility housing the material has actually been defined in published records as a “stockroom” and also “former furnishings shop.” It also appears none as well safe.
PJ Media reported the letter recently.
In the letter, Cohen stated that the product contains identified documents as well as artifacts which they were presently being stored at a facility in Hoffman Estates, a town outside Chicago. He described the material would certainly be moved to facilities that “satisfy the company’s archival storage standards,” which definitely seems like an admission that the Hoffman Estates website did not adjust to NARA’s storage requirements.
Cohen wrote, “The Obama Structure consents to transfer as much as three million three hundred thousand dollars ($3,300,000) to the National Archives Depend On Fund (NATF) to sustain the step of categorized and unclassified Obama Presidential documents and artifacts from Hoffman Estates to NARA-controlled centers that conform to the agency’s historical storage space criteria for such records and also artifacts, and also for the alteration of such spaces. The very first transfer of $300,000 was currently made on August 9, 2018. An added acting transfer will be made within 180 days of that date. Subsequent repayments are subject to the settlement of terms of the digitization procedure and also gallery operations.” (Emphasis included.)
Yet, 5 years later on, the documents are still being kept at an area that obviously does not “comply with the agency’s historical storage requirements.”
On Aug. 8 of this year, just days before the FBI’s raid on Trump’s residence in Palm Beach Region’s Mar-a-Lago Club, The Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper …