Reader's View: FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid was necessary

Some atomic energy information was said to be in one box!

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I have three bins of family pictures and a bin or two of other stuff. Many of us do, and if pressed for an accounting we could come up with a general list. Presidents are in an altogether different situation. Everything they do while in office is of importance to our government and is to be preserved.

So when the National Archives and Records Administration begins to make an accounting of a president's term in office, it is going to look at all the president's records. When the president's stuff is not given to the records administration, it is legally obliged to get it.

So when the former president brought 30-some boxes of stuff from during his time in office to his home at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, that was definitely a big problem for him. Now we learn it is also a major concern for the National Archives and Records Administration and our government. In those boxes reportedly were top-secret and classified materials, some only to be seen by approved personnel and in approved places. Some atomic energy information was said to be in one box!

Now the former president may face criminal statutes for concealing, destroying, or removing documents, as well as allegedly altering or falsifying records and losing, gathering, or transmitting defense information.

It’s amazing how Minnesota Republicans jumped to excite their base to increase the size of their coffers by defending the former president and berating the FBI and the judicial system, which, it seems, were legally doing necessary work to protect us.


Diane Langlee


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