Trump Lies About Obama Turning Over Documents to Congress

Trump Lies About Obama Turning Over Documents to Congress March 11, 2019

In order to justify his blanket refusal to share documents requested, or subpoenaed, by Congress, Trump is trying the “but ma, he started it” excuse, claiming that Obama never turned over any documents for Congressional investigations. There’s just one problem: As usual, he’s lying.

When Congress sought documents from President Barack Obama, the White House “didn’t do anything. They didn’t give one letter of the request. Many requests were made. They didn’t give a letter.”

The truth, though, is that Obama turned over hundreds of thousands of documents in response to Congressional investigations into Benghazi, Fast and Furious and many other subjects, none of which found any serious wrongdoing in the end.

For the most part, the Obama administration did turn over documents demanded by lawmakers.

For instance, the Solyndra investigation looked at 300,000 documents, the IRS investigation looked at 1.3 million, the Benghazi probes looked at hundreds of thousands, and Fast & Furious looked at more than 10,000.

It’s worth noting that the Obama administration didn’t hand over documents willy-nilly. On occasion, the administration opposed turning over documents. This happened in the investigations over Solyndra, Fast & Furious, and Benghazi. But noncooperation was generally struck down in the courts, and the administration eventually handed over the documents.

Politifact calls this a pants-on-fire lie. It’s a wonder he has any pants left to wear.

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