Former president Donald Trump went apoplectic after photos of flushed White House documents were revealed by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who shared the pics with media outlet Axios, ahead of the publication of her upcoming book, Confidence Man.
— New Day (@NewDay) August 8, 2022
The man once labeled the “toddler in chief” called the reports “fake news.”
“Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” Trump said when the reports of his unusual document elimination method became public.
Social media, however, had a field day with the photographic evidence.
Take this tweet from Olivia Troye, a former White House national security advisor in the Trump administration, for instance.
The former guy shredding & flushing documents down the toilet makes sense. The shitter was always full at the Trump White House.
— Olivia of Troye (@OliviaTroye) August 8, 2022
Former MAGA and Tea Party Congressman turned anti-Trumper Joe Walsh also weighed in.
A flushing toilet should be the last sound we ever hear of the Trump presidency. A clogged toilet being plunged will forever be my lasting image of his presidency.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 8, 2022
Maybe this is why Trump was so obsessed with water flow regulations https://t.co/FJglap9Zdv
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) August 8, 2022
It has been previously reported that the former president took boxes of White House documents to his Mar-a-Lago resort instead of handing them over to the National Archives and Record Administration at the end of his term.
According to Haberman, multiple Oval Office sources reported paper clogging White House toilets – raising concerns that Trump destroyed records that he was legally bound to preserve.
“That Mr. Trump was discarding documents this way was not widely known within the West Wing, but some aides were aware of the habit, which he engaged in repeatedly,” Haberman told Axios. “It was an extension of Trump’s term-long habit of ripping up documents that were supposed to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act.”
The National Archives and Records Administration has reportedly asked the current Justice Department to investigate the handling of White House records in light of the House Select Committee’s probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The Presidential Records Act requires the outgoing president to transfer records to the NARA when leaving office.
“The United States shall reserve and retain complete ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records,” the law clearly states.
Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich criticized Haberman’s reporting as “desperate” and a fabrication, accusing the journalist of being desperate to sell copies of her upcoming book, Confidence Man.
But Haberman pushed back, telling Axios:
“The point is about the destruction of records which are supposed to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, which is a Watergate-era creation,” she said. “It’s important because who knows what this paper was? Only he would know and presumably whoever was dealing with him, but the important point is about the records.”
Trump’s obsession with water pressure is starting to make sense – and news of his flushing White House documents is on brand with the man who tried to steal an election.
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