Former President Jimmy Carter found classified documents at his home in Georgia and returned them to the National Archives at some point in the last 42 years, 0 months, and four days since he left office after being defeated by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election, the AP reports.
It may or may not have been within the last several months since FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago to seize classified documents disgraced former President Trump had willfully refused to render to the National Archives. But the AP doesn’t know and nobody who knows could or would tell them.
“Former President Jimmy Carter found classified materials at his home in Plains, Georgia, on at least one occasion and returned them to the National Archives, according to the same person who spoke of regular occurrences of mishandled documents. The person did not provide details on the timing of the discovery. An aide to the Carter Center provided no details when asked about that account of Carter discovering documents at his home after leaving office in 1981,” they write in the article.
The timing of the discovery is probably meaningless. We guess it would be slightly more interesting if the Mar-a-Lago raid and/or the discovery of documents from Biden’s time as Vice President prompted a search and then a quiet return of intelligence reports on Leonid Brezhnev’s cross-dressing habits or whatever. But ultimately it doesn’t really matter other than further bolstering the contention that former Presidents and Vice Presidents fucked up but only the fat orange one acted criminally by going out of his way to refuse to comply with a lawful subpoena for their return.