Former President Obama’s office told reporters “We have nothing for you at this time,” when asked if he would conduct a search for classified documents following material showing up in President Biden’s and former Vice President Mike Pence’s possession.
Hannah Hankins, who is the communications director for Obama, told Fox News Digital that they basically had no comment on the issue. The former president has residences in four different cities that include Washington, DC; Chicago; Martha’s Vineyard; and New York City.
This comes as The New York Times is bemoaning the fact that Biden’s scandal is going to make it much harder to go after former President Trump over classified material found at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
Notably, Trump had executive privilege when it came to declassifying documents. However, Biden and Pence did not as vice presidents. Five separate searches have unearthed more and more classified material that Biden seems to have carelessly left in his wake at a former office and at his residences. Pence also had classified documents at his home in Indiana despite previously claiming he didn’t. Trump is defending Pence over it.
Mark it! Levin proves Biden doc scandal worse due to Archives lieshttps://t.co/l9IAoy9w7m
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) January 17, 2023
I’d bet $1,000,000 that Obama has classified documents at his house & office too.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 24, 2023
The search for material is spreading out and, to head off criticism, George W. Bush’s office preemptively stated that he turned over all classified documents upon leaving the White House. Former President Clinton’s and Obama’s offices issued similar statements, according to CNN.
All of this is about to make prosecuting Trump much harder according to some legal experts, and the media is in a tizzy over it.
“Politically it has effectively let former President Donald J. Trump off the hook for hoarding secret papers,” wrote a crestfallen Peter Baker, who is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times.
One of the most significant costs to Biden of the documents case is the opportunity cost: Democrats will now have a hard time using Trump's mishandling of classified papers against him, even though the particulars of the two cases are markedly different.https://t.co/AzXXOJNQYj
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 24, 2023
David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Obama, insisted to Baker that although Trump’s actions and Biden’s were dramatically different, “in the court of public opinion” they may be perceived as equal.
The left is running with any poll they can find that claims Trump’s actions are worse than Biden’s. They are quoting an ABC News and Ipsos poll that ostensibly shows 77 percent of participants believe Trump acted inappropriately in handling classified documents, and 64 percent said Biden had. Most Americans are smart enough to know that you can get a poll to say whatever you want these days and they are virtually meaningless most of the time.
Trump is defending himself, telling supporters at a rally on Tuesday that he is “being persecuted” by a “Trump-deranged” special prosecutor while Biden “is being given white-glove treatment.” He also took his defense to Truth Social.
Stanley M. Brand, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who previously served as general counsel to the House of Representatives, told the New York Times that Trump could potentially challenge being targeted.
“There is also the issue of selective prosecution: treating similar cases differently based on a suspect classification or criteria,” Brand commented.
He noted that Attorney General Merrick Garland is now in the difficult position of being appointed by Biden and overseeing the special counsel investigating him.
“I would allege that as an appointee of the president, he is conflicted,” he said pointing out an obvious conflict of interest. “A conflict that can’t be resolved by appointment of a special counsel, since under the DOJ regulation he retains ultimate responsibility.”
There was a ton of reaction on social media over the possibility of classified material being found in Obama’s possession:
Do Barack and Michelle Obama have classified documents in their possession?
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) January 24, 2023
Why hasn’t DOJ searched Obama’s properties and business entities for classified documents?
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) January 24, 2023
Or show once again DOJ is rigged.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) January 24, 2023
Clinton, Gore, Bush, Cheney, and Obama all just started their spring garage clean outs. Simultaneously.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) January 24, 2023
obama not taking any chances… pic.twitter.com/NZMpHPigGd
— helen henning (@helenckh) January 24, 2023
Well now Pence got in on the act. Did he feel slighted? 😂😂
Is it time to raid Obama? No telling what he got away with.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 24, 2023
So we have classified documents found at Trump, Biden an now Pence homes. Has the @DOJPH thought about looking in Barack Obama’s home? I mean right now who doesn’t have classified documents in their possession
— ⚖️ (@kevindandy1) January 24, 2023
With classified documents poping up all over can you imagine the scramble within the Obama inner circle searching for documents b4 someone else finds them.
— ⚖️ (@kevindandy1) January 25, 2023
the FBI should search the Obama and Clinton homes for #ClassifiedDocuments you never know what you could find
— Antonio Sabato Jr (@AntonioSabatoJr) January 25, 2023
Everyone serving in high places should be searched, including Barack Obama, John Kerry, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and so on!
— Denise (@westieTX) January 24, 2023
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