Available does not mean he was entitled to take them from the White House and keep them in spite of having been notified by the archivist that he needed to surrender those documents...A judge agreed and issued a subpoena because Trump kept documents and intended to ignore those repeated requests.Would it matter if he had thousands of them ? Or for that matter, would it matter if his aids/advisors had them ?
Sometimes these things get waaaay out of hand because of Demcrats' really bad habit of ignoring the LAW, bypassing it and essentially just inventing their own sets of "laws", so as to attack Republicans, especially Trump. The methodology seems to be the hell with what is legal or not. If Dems can go judge-shopping (as they have been doing for decades) and fit a charge against Trump into a totally biased against him courtroom, they will prevail, regardless of the legalities.
Trump once said regarding having presidential record documents, that he could do so if he wanted to. He's right.
Section 2205 (3) of the Presidential Records Act (USC 44 Ch 22) clearly says >>> "(3) the Presidential records of a former President shall be available to such former President or the former President's designated representative."
Not only is Trump entitled to possess the documents, but so are anyone whom he designates (Mark Meadows, Rudy Guiliani, etc)
§ 2202. Ownership of Presidential records
The United States shall reserve and retain complete ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records; and such records shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
§ 2203. Management and custody of Presidential records
(g)(1) Upon the conclusion of a President’s term of office, or if a President serves consecutive terms upon the conclusion of the last term, the Archivist of the United States shall assume responsibility for the custody, control, and preservation of, and access to, the Presidential records of that President. The Archivist shall have an affirmative duty to make such records available to the public as rapidly and completely as possible consistent with the provisions of this chapter.