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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has called out Donald Trump over his repeated false accusations that former President Barack Obama grabbed 30 million pages of documents when he left the White House.
In posts on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump has relentlessly attacked the lack of legal action against Obama over this imagined scenario. It plays into his argument that the government has allowed Obama free rein over presidential documents, while punishing Trump.
On Friday, Trump again attacked the former president, falsely claiming: “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear?” he asked. “Word is, lots!”
Trump lashed out after the FBI revealed it collected 20 boxes of documents, including 11 sets of classified information, with some top secret, in its search of his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday. Trump is currently under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act concerning the materials, according to the FBI’s search warrant.
The National Archives, responding to Trump’s repeated claims, said in a statement Friday that it “assumed exclusive legal and physical custody” of Obama’s presidential records at the end of his term in 2017, “in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.”
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