Obama’s Hand In Trump Raid

  • Former President Obama’s 2009 executive order stripped prior presidents’ standing to maintain executive privilege. Court hearing Friday in Navarro case could challenge that.
  • An executive order that George W. Bush signed on Nov. 1, 2001 declared that an incumbent president couldn’t overrule a former president’s claims to executive privilege over documents from their tenure if the two could not come to an agreement.
  • But Barack Obama reversed that guidance nearly a decade later, going back to the Watergate and Reagan-era guidance that the incumbent president had a final say over past presidents and acted through the National Archivist.