Obama spokesperson refuses to comment on whether former president has classified material

 January 26, 2023

The scandal surrounding President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents is continuing to unfold, with Fox News reporting last week that FBI agents discovered yet more material stashed away at his Delaware home.

That has led to questions about whether former President Barack Obama should check to see if he has any classified documents in his possession. However, Obama's response is striking some as suspicious.  

Obama spokesperson refuses to discuss possible documents

According to Fox News, the former president's office refused to say whether it has undertaken a search for improperly retained material.

When asked about the matter, Obama communications director Hannah Hankins told Fox News, "We have nothing for you at this time."

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reported that representatives of former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and the late George H. W. Bush all told CNN that any classified material was surrendered to the National Archives when their terms in office ended.

GOP senator: "They're all sitting on stuff they shouldn’t"

Yet Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun isn't convinced by those assurances, telling the Examiner, "I’m guessing if you really did a deep dive, they're all sitting on stuff they shouldn’t, would be my guess."

"I mean, if you look at the most recent [events], I guess the only one that would need to be in that club now to be scoured would be Obama," he added.

Braun went on to argue that revelations about Biden having lost track of so many classified documents could well come as a boon to former President Donald Trump.

In November, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed long-time Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor Jack Smith to serve as special counsel and investigate the presence of classified documents at Trump's home in Florida.

"I think it’s obviously a system that has not had much formality and protocol to it," Braun explained, adding, "And I think it helps Trump tremendously."

Material found at Mike Pence's home

Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Tuesday that former Vice President Mike Pence has informed Congress that classified documents were uncovered earlier this month at his home in Indiana.

That discovery was confirmed to the network in a statement from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer.

"Former Vice President Mike Pence reached out today about classified documents found at his home in Indiana," Comer's statement read.

"He has agreed to fully cooperate with congressional oversight and any questions we have about the matter," it continued.

Comer concluded by saying, "Former Vice President Pence’s transparency stands in stark contrast to Biden White House staff who continue to withhold information from Congress and the American people."

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