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National Archives calls BS on Trump accusing Obama of mishandling documents

Obama’s previous handling of documents was on the up or more, making his situation not the same as Trump’s

Published August 13, 2022 11: 54AM (EDT)

Barack Obama and Donald Trump(Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

In the times following a FBI’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, the Former President has erupted right into a group of misdirections regarding Former President Obama and their own handling of documents during his presidency.

On Friday, Trump kept at it on Truth Social saying “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, a lot of them classified. Just how many of these pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

Producing evidence proving Trump’s accusations to be false,The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration show that Obama did no such thing.

Based on the National Archives, after Obama left the White House they “moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area, where they’re maintained exclusively by NARA.” In addition they explain that Obama, identical to any president following correct procedure, has “no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”


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Within their own investigation of Trump’s claims against Obama The Washington Post doubles down on the National Archives’ clarification saying “As was reported back late 2016, the Obama team wastransferring the records to Chicagothrough the National Archives, which legally owns the documents once a president leaves office . . .”After the documents ultimately reached a warehouse in Chicago, the Obama Foundation was then due topay the National Archives and Record Administration to digitize the documents. The lengthiness of this process aside, there is not the faintest hint of legal violations.”

Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of “Pod Save America” and formerObama Senior Advisor chimed in on Trump’s skewed chain of events with a humorous timeline on Twitter:

“Can’t await the televised Obama and Clinton live reading of the Trump Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant,” joked someone else weighing in on Twitter.


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