Trump Suggests House Judiciary Investigation into Obama’s Netflix Deal

Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk off the stage at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jim Young (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump has blasted Barack and Michelle Obama’s partnership with Netflix, calling the production deal “ridiculous” and suggested an investigation be launched by the House Judiciary Committee.

In a series of tweets Monday, President Trump accused the House Judiciary Committee of looking into his business deals because the Mueller report failed to produce evidence of Russia collusion and obstruction of justice.

“I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal,” Trump fired back.

Netflix signed a deal with the Obamas in 2018 to produce TV shows and documentaries for the digital streaming platform. The multi-year deal with the Obama’s Higher Ground production company includes the documentary American Factory — about a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio.

It also includes a planned docuseries based on Michael Lewis’ The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, which is critical of the Trump administration.

The former first couple is close with Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who has been a major donor. Sarandos’ wife served as ambassador to the Bahamas in the Obama administration.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has publicly criticized Trump, once saying he “would destroy what is great about America.”

Netflix named former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice to its board of directors in 2018.

Trump tweeted Monday that Democrats are trying to build a case that he is trying to enrich himself by being president.

“I am far beyond somebody paying for a hotel room for the evening, or filling up a gas tank at an airport I do not own. These Radical Left Democrats are CRAZY! Obama Netflix?”

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