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Fact-checking Trump's claim that Obama refused to comply with requests from Congress

Maegan Vazquez

By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

 

 

Washington (CNN) On Tuesday President Donald Trump suggested his administration won't cooperate with House Democrats' recent request for information and documents from more than 80 groups, organizations and individuals, as part of their investigation into Trump's campaign, businesses, post-election transition and administration.

 

In doing so, Trump tried to draw a comparison to former President Barack Obama by claiming he didn't comply with congressional inquiries either.
 
"President Obama, from what they tell me, was under a similar kind of a thing," said Trump. "They didn't give one letter. They didn't do anything. They didn't give one letter of the requests. Many requests were made. They didn't give a letter."
 
 During the Fast and Furious botched weapons sting investigation, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee in 2012 recommended that then-Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over requested documents. They made the recommendation after Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the committee.
 
But two years later, under court order, the Obama Justice Department did turn over nearly 65,000 pages of Fast and Furious-related documents.
 
 
And in 2016, the Justice Department released additional documents pertaining to Fast and Furious, as ordered by a federal judge.
 
In addition, Obama administration officials provided requested documents during congressional inquiries into the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. However, when the committee asked the President to answer questions about the attack in Libya, his administration rebuffed the request.
 
During Obama's first term, his administration said it would not comply with requests to turn over internal White House communications related to the solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government and then went bankrupt. A year later, the administration turned over 432 pages of email and other documents.
 
On Tuesday, former senior Obama administration officials pushed back on Trump's comments, insisting there was extensive cooperation during past investigations.
 
"If there was no cooperation, how was there material for seven Benghazi investigations?" one official said, noting the release of Benghazi documents triggered Clinton email server stories.
 
A separate official, former deputy press secretary Eric Schultz tweeted, "From 2011 - 2016 the Obama White House produced hundreds of thousands of documents to Congress on Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards rule, Deep Water Horizon spill, ACA (Affordable Care Act), ACA website, Clean Water Rule, and Ft Hood shooting."
 
Andy Wright, a former associate counsel to President Barack Obama in the White House Counsel's Office and a former staff director and counsel to the House Oversight Committee, flatly denied that the Obama administration did not respond to congressional oversight inquiries.
"He is prone to being sort of all or nothing," Wright said of Trump. But "compartmentalization is part of the job."
 
"In order to be able to handle oversight in a good faith manner you've got to be honest and you've got to be able to compartmentalize on the different requests," he continued, later adding that though he doesn't think this is Trump's final position, "this is the initial position."

CNN's Jim Acosta and Allie Malloy contribute to this report.

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4 minutes ago, benson13 said:

Since 1969

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DARN! Since Nov 2016 I hate when people provide real, veracious proofs that The Dem Party is an evil, satanic organization!! Like now we want to go after Trump once he's a civilian, although we Dems refused to go after Obama in 2017 for the many, many times he used his power to spit in the face of Congressional subpoenas when he obstructed justice that was trying to be reached.

 

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1 hour ago, Dontlooknow said:

Oh so it's now Obama's fault that Trump is a criminal. Oh ok cons. 

 

Nope. It is your dumb brain's fault, for calling Trump a criminal where he merely did what Obama did ---who you refuse to call a criminal when he obstructed justice and didn't want to get impeached over FastnFurious

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1 hour ago, IcebergSlim said:

You're a fucking idiot..

 

He's got the numbers.

 

You're a bigger fucking idiot, for turning a blind eye to Obama's criminality when he obstructed justice but DOJ did not go after him once he left office in Jan 2017

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