National Archives rejects Trump’s claim that Obama took classified documents

Source: Axios | August 12, 2022 | Julia Shapero

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration on Friday rejected former President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama took classified documents from the White House.

The big picture: After the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday — finding 11 sets of classified documents — the former president made unsubstantiated claims that Obama also took records.

– “What happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama?” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Thursday. “He refused to give them back!”

– Trump reiterated the claims on Friday, accusing Obama of taking classified documents related to nuclear weapons. This came after the Washington Post reported that FBI agents were searching Trump’s residence for nuclear documents.

– “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified,” Trump wrote. “How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

Driving the news: The National Archives was quick to counter Trump’s claims on Friday, noting in a statement that it “assumed exclusive legal and physical custody” of Obama’s presidential records after he left office.


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  • Consistent #54957

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    EVERYDAY #54964

    Trump and his supporters are engaged in “whataboutism.” What about Obama? What about Hillary? What about Hunter?

    Even if any of these people committed any crimes, none of them pertain to the possible charges Trump faces, nor would they excuse Trump’s potentially criminal behavior regarding the documents he took with him to Mar-a-Lago.

    It’s a classic case of deflection and projection. Trump and his minions are good at both.

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