Former President Donald Trump said that the FBI and Justice Department could have simply asked him for the documents and said they could have been returned “at any time,” after the raid at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
“Number one, It was all declassified,” Trump wrote in his Friday statement. “Number two, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago,” Trump continued. “It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request. They could have had it anytime they wanted — and that includes LONG ago.”
“ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK,” the former president wrote. “The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
Trump had already asked on Thursday, “what happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama? He refused to give them back!”
According to PBS: “The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.”
“For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
“And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees,” they wrote.