NBC News has recently learned that officials from the Obama Administration had “hand-carried” a list of non-classified documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
These documents were apparently tied to Trump/Russian communications during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
“Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee…
The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The purpose, said the official, was to make it “harder to bury” the information, “to share it with those on the Hill who could lawfully see the documents,” and to make sure it could reside in an Intelligence committee safe, “not just at Langley [CIA hq].””
This type of concern about an incoming administration goes beyond partisan politics. It would appear that Obama Administration officials were truly concerned about in the incoming administration, that they had not only committed acts of wrongdoing, but would actively work to cover up the things they had done.
Of course, Republicans would claim that this was simply done to make the Trump administration look bad, and to further divide the American people about the new president. But as we have seen since Trump has taken office, he has no problem dividing people all on his own. Time will tell if the document will be of any use in the still-ongoing investigation.