UPDATE: National Archives Confirms Senate Request For Obama Docs, Says ‘Process Is Ongoing’
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) confirmed to SaraACarter.com Tuesday that it is in the process of reviewing documents requested by two leading GOP Senators that pertain to numerous meetings held in 2016 by senior Obama White House officials, the Democratic National Committee and Ukrainian officials.
On Monday, this website first published that the documents requested by Senator’s Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, were being reviewed. According to Senate officials and confirmed by the National Archives the documents will first be reviewed by representatives of President Obama and President Donald Trump for classification purposes and executive privilege before being turned over to the Senate.
There are thousands of documents currently being reviewed, said Senate sources familiar with the ongoing process.
A press official with the National Archives confirmed the request Tuesday in an email to this reporter.
“The National Archives is in the process of responding to this special access request for Presidential records in accordance with the requirements of the Presidential Records Act, which provides the representatives of the current and former Presidents an opportunity to review any responsive records before they can be released to the Senate committee requesters,” the press official stated. “The review process is currently ongoing for this request, and no records have yet been produced. NARA has been in regular contact with committee staff.”
The request for the documents was sent to National Archives Director David Ferriero November, 2019, and directly pertains to meetings that occurred in the White House with top level Democratic National Committee contractors, senior Obama staff and Ukrainian officials.
What’s Being Investigated?
However, Grassley and Johnson are investigating the content of those meetings based on information that surfaced over the past year suggesting that DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa, who attended the meetings was also working with Ukrainian officials to gather information against President Trump’s campaign at the time.
The Senator’s letter asked for the “records of multiple White House meetings that took place in 2016 between and among Obama Administration officials, Ukrainian government representatives, and Democratic National Committee officials.”
“The White House meeting records also show Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian American operative ‘who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee’ during the 2016 election, attended numerous meetings at the White House, including one event with President Obama,” the letter stated, referring to a story published by John Solomon, who was then a columnist The Hill.
Ingraham’s Exclusive Coincides With Senate Investigation
Johnson and Grassley’s investigation also coincides with information recently obtained by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham reported in January, that her team had obtained a slew of internal emails exchanged in May, 2019, between State Department officials and New York Times journalist Ken Vogel. Vogel requested answers regarding those same White House meetings that took place at in 2016.
Vogel reported then that Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton by undermining Trump. They publicly questioning his fitness for office. According to Vogel the Ukrainian officials “disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”
Further, according to the emails obtained by Ingraham, which were disclosed on her show the Ingraham Angle, the alleged whistleblower, who initiated the first report that led to Trump’s partisan impeachment, had coordinated those same White House meetings in 2016.
Again, these are the same meetings currently being investigated by the Senators.
For more on this story go to GOP Investigation: Thousands of Obama Admin Docs Under Review Regarding Ukraine White House Meetings