Officials within former President Barack Obama’s administration created a list, using serial numbers to document all of the classified files related to the Russia-election investigation, NBC News reported.
The purpose — get the documents in front of Senate Intelligence Committee members before President Donald Trump took office for fear they might get buried come Jan. 20, NBC reported.
A former Obama official told NBC they wanted “to share it with those on the Hill who could lawfully see the documents” and keep them in a second safe outside of CIA headquarters.
The report echoes what a former Obama Defense Department official has been saying in recent weeks.
Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and now a national security analyst for NBC News, said she had urged the Obama administration as well as lawmakers to gather and preserve intelligence about the Trump-Russia probe.
“I got worried that the process wasn’t being followed with regard to Capitol Hill, with regard to Congress, because it wasn’t clear to me that the White House was keeping them in the loop, Farkas said during an MSNBC segment Thursday.
“And that was really important, especially since we were about to have a transition in the government.”