Josh Hawley Suggests More Scrutiny For Obama, Bush Over Classified Documents: ‘Do We Need To Ask?’

Josh Hawley Suggests More Scrutiny For Obama, Bush Over Classified Documents: ‘Do We Need To Ask?’

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, suggested that more scrutiny of former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush may be needed over their handling of classified documents on Wednesday.

President Biden, former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence have been found to have misplaced classified documents in recent months, raising questions about the care with which high-level US officials handle US secrets. Hawley expressed those concerns to Fox News on Wednesday, saying there should be more scrutiny of former US leaders.

“Do we need to ask President Obama, former President Bush? I mean, you know, maybe yes,” Hawley said in response to a question on the matter.

Hawley’s office clarified that he was not suggesting that a formal investigation into Obama or Bush was necessary at this time.

Trump has faced federal investigations for his mishandling of classified documents for months, and Biden now faces an investigation by special counsel. Pence joined the trend Tuesday, announcing to Congress that he had discovered classified documents inside his Carmel, Indiana, home earlier this month.

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
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Former President Barack Obama talks with Comedy Central's Trevor Noah about the midterm results.

Former President Barack Obama talks with Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah about the midterm results.
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“I don’t know any of the details about Vice President Pence other than what I’ve read that everyone has reported,” Hawley told Fox. “So I don’t know any of the details there. But obviously, we’re going to want to find out what he had and why. I had it”.

Hawley went on to point out that Trump is the only executive officer to have faced an FBI raid, arguing that that fact showed bias against Trump on the part of the federal government.

“I noticed that no one else seems to have had their home raided by the FBI. No one else has been treated as if they were a criminal. There’s a reason for that. It’s because Trump is a political opponent that these other people weren’t,” Hawley said.

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The FBI raid recovered a large number of documents this summer after Trump refused to turn them over to the National Archives. Meanwhile, Biden’s lawyers discovered three caches of classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington. Federal investigators later discovered a fourth cache of Biden documents, also at his Wilmington home.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel to investigate the matter in early January, drawing on former US Attorney Robert Hur.

This image contained in an August 30, 2022 Department of Justice court filing, and redacted in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the August 8 FBI search of Mar-a for the former president Donald Trump.  -Lake Farm in Florida.  On Thursday, a federal judge appointed a special teacher to review the documents.  (Justice Department via AP)

This image contained in an August 30, 2022 Department of Justice court filing, and redacted in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the August 8 FBI search of Mar-a for the former president Donald Trump. -Lake Farm in Florida. On Thursday, a federal judge appointed a special teacher to review the documents. (Justice Department via AP)

General view of the access gate to the highway leading to the home of President Joe Biden in Wilmington, DE on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

General view of the access gate to the highway leading to the home of President Joe Biden in Wilmington, DE on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
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Biden and Pence say they immediately contacted federal authorities to return the documents. The DOJ has not announced an investigation into Pence as of Wednesday morning.

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