Former President Donald Trump, who is under a Justice Department investigation for possible mishandling of classified White House documents, alleged over the weekend that President George H.W. Bush stashed documents at a bowling alley.

“George H.W. Bush took millions of documents to a former bowling alley and a former Chinese restaurant, where they combined them. So they’re in a bowling alley slash Chinese restaurant,” he told the crowd at a rally for Republican Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake on Sunday.

He continued on to ask why Bush wasn’t prosecuted.

It’s true that documents were stored at a building that once served as a bowling alley and a Chinese restaurant in College Station, Texas, but it was the National Archives that temporarily stored documents there while waiting for the opening of its permanent library. This has been public knowledge since the 1990s.


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The National Archives storing documents in converted buildings is not unusual and it often finds large buildings to store an administration’s records while waiting for the president’s library to be ready.

Trump is currently being probed for illegally keeping documents following his presidency. The National Archives called on the Justice Department to open an investigation after locating 15 boxes of missing documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Since then, other documents have been obtained by the government, including during the FBI’s high-profile execution of a search warrant on the property in August.

Stacks of documents, including some which are assumed to pertain to nuclear secrets, were taken from Mar-a-Lago. They are now being reviewed by a special master who will determine which documents fall under executive or attorney-client privilege and which can be used in the investigation.

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