Per Emma Loop: In a letter to the National Archives, former president Barack Obama blasted the Senate GOP investigation into Joe Biden and alleged Ukrainian election interference, calling it an effort to “to give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign.”
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— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) May 5, 2020
Fox News host Sean Hannity opened his show Tuesday by reacting to what he called a “truly dishonest, disgusting” letter obtained by Fox News indicating that former President Barack Obama has privately bashed Senate Republicans’ investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine, a probe Obama’s office said lent credence to a “Russian disinformation campaign.”
“The office of the former president, Barack Obama, blasted a congressional investigation into Biden’s dealing with Ukraine,” Hannity said. “Wonder why. Now, the office actually accused the investigation [of] giving credence to a ‘Russian disinformation campaign,’ and this ridiculous letter insinuated lawmakers were just spreading Russian propaganda.”
“This is all a lie, what Obama put out tonight,” Hannity continued, calling the letter “truly disgusting and dishonest.”
“In reality, it was Obama. It was his administration. It was Biden. They are the ones that spent months and months propagating the Russian disinformation campaign. Uh, Barack? Did you ever hear of the dirty Russian dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for? Of course you have.”
According to Fox News, the office of former President Barack Obama in March privately bashed Senate Republicans’ investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine, a probe it deemed as lending credence to a “Russian disinformation campaign,” according to a letter obtained by Fox News.
The letter, addressed to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which manages presidential records, was written in response to a request on Nov. 21, 2019, by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson for Obama administration records on Ukraine-related meetings.
The letter referred to their request as improper use of the NARA’s release terms and a supposed effort “to shift the blame for Russian interference in the 2016 election to Ukraine.”
It goes on to cite testimony from former National Security aide Fiona Hill who derided the idea of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election as a “fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services.”
Under the Presidential Records Act, incumbent and former presidents may claim executive privilege over record requests. However, the NARA is permitted to provide special access to both Houses of Congress ahead of the documents’ scheduled release date.
The letter states that the office of former President Obama has “produced 12,880 pages of presidential records in response to special access requests from the White House and Congress.”
“This use of the special access process serves no legitimate purpose, and does not outweigh or justify infringing confidentiality interests that all presidents have sought to protect,” the letter says.
The office says it permitted Grassley and Johnson’s request “in the interest of countering the misinformation campaign underlying this request.”
The letter’s release comes after Grassley and Johnson, who chair the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, respectively, sent a letter to the secretary of state last month demanding more information on the Obama administration’s dealings in Ukraine.