Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., suggested that greater scrutiny of former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush may be necessary regarding their handling of classified documents Wednesday.
President Biden, former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence have all been found to have misplaced classified documents in recent months, raising questions as to how carefully top-level U.S. officials handle America’s secrets. Hawley voiced those concerns to Fox News on Wednesday, saying there should be more scrutiny on America’s former leaders.
“Do we need to ask President Obama, former President Bush? I mean, you know, maybe so,” Hawley said in response to a question on the matter.
Hawley’s office clarified that he was not suggesting a formal inquiry into Obama or Bush was necessary at this time.
Trump has faced federal investigations into his mishandling of classified documents for months, and Biden is now facing a special counsel investigation. Pence joined the trend Tuesday, announcing to Congress that he had discovered classified documents inside his Carmel, Indiana home earlier this month.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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