Quoted for your education:
CLAIM: Former President Barack Obama took 30 million documents, many of
them classified, to Chicago upon leaving the White House.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Obama administration records are exclusively
held and maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration,
the federal agency confirmed on Friday. Millions of unclassified
documents were transferred after Obama left office to a NARA facility in
Chicago, but neither Obama’s personal foundation nor the facility set to
house his presidential memorabilia have control over those papers.
THE FACTS: Amid mounting revelations surrounding the FBI’s search of
former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, a counternarrative
pushed online — including by Trump himself — posits that Obama similarly
kept possession of White House documents after his term of office.
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much
of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is,
lots!” Trump posted on Truth Social, the social network he founded, on
“OBAMA TOOK 30 Million Documents when he left the WHITEHOUSE and No FBI
RAID,” read one tweet posted Tuesday, the day after the FBI’s search,
that had garnered almost 20,000 likes by Friday.
But these records were given to NARA in 2017, upon the end of Obama’s
term, and they remain in NARA’s sole custody, in accordance with federal
law. Some 30 million documents were moved to a NARA-operated facility in
the Chicago area, as the agency explained in a statement Friday, but
none were classified. The administration’s classified documents are
stored in a separate NARA facility in the Washington, D.C., area.
Presidential libraries are managed by NARA, and the documents therein
belong to the agency, which also manages related public records
requests. But the Obama Presidential Library has no physical location;
it’s the first to be wholly virtual. Some 95 percent of Obama
administration documents were “born digital,” meaning they have no
“hard-copy” version and don’t need to be digitized, per NARA.
Separately, construction began in 2021 on the Obama Presidential Center,
a complex in Chicago managed by the privately-run Obama Foundation. But
because the center will not be affiliated with NARA, the Obama
Foundation will need to request to borrow any artifacts or records
intended for display there from the government. The foundation did
provide funding to NARA for digitizing the Obama administration’s paper
documents, but NARA itself is responsible for actually handling them,
according to the agency.
A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for
Benjamin Hufbauer, a professor at the University of Louisville and a
researcher of presidential libraries, reiterated that no White House
records remain in Obama’s personal possession. They are “owned by the
nation,” he told The Associated Press in an email.
The FBI retrieved “top secret” records from Mar-a-Lago, including some
with particularly sensitive information, according to court papers
released Friday, the AP reported Friday. The warrant authorizing the
search says agents were investigating possible violations of three
federal laws, including rules surrounding the gathering and transmission
of defense information under the Espionage Act.
The fact that such secret papers were reportedly seized directly from
Trump’s estate is the key distinction between Trump’s records and
Obama’s, Hufbauer said. “Even if there are duplicate copies of these
documents in the National Archives (which there almost certainly are),
sensitive documents about, say, nuclear secrets, are to be housed in a
secure facility, and access to them is very tightly controlled,” he said.
Of course, Donnie didn't want to follow any presidential protocol of the
past, since he's such a ingenious trailblazer kind of guy. LOL! He did
it his way!
Loads up many boxes of secret or sensitive records, without any public
or official notice, following no established protocol to keep them
secure, packed up in cardboard moving boxes and stuffed them away in his
We've not had a President do such an irresponsible and weird action, so
it follows the response would be unprecedented in handling his
shenanigans, but then again, we've never had a losing President act like
he's been victimized at election time by a vast conspiracy of "ruthless
left radicals," "traitors," "vicious monsters," "commies," ad nauseam,
dedicated to breaking the law to make him lose!! LOL! Ah, it
makes Trumpers want to cry, get angry and do and say all kinds of nasty
If we gotta' have fucking horrid election losers like you, Donald and
the GOP every election that's lost, it would not be surprising Hell's no
place where some go, but where we all live now, evil or not. If we need
to have tens of millions follow serial business frauds and authoritarian
psychopaths around, then we really should forget our fears of going to
Hell. We'd solidly be in it, frying. And it's getting hotter by the day,
especially for you and their relentless alt reality of conspiracies and
hearsay, distorted facts and self-serving machinations.
Where will it all end? Well, since the "end" is so near or upon us,
according to your rants lately, it's already configured precisely. So
all you need to do is wait for deliverance after the global bloodbath.