Saturday, September 30

Photos of the White House toilet showing the destruction of Trump Administration documents

Donald Trump’s habit of destroying documents during his presidency has been documented by media such as Political and the Washington Post for years and is also now being investigated by the House of Representatives committee on the assault on Congress on January 6, 2021. Several former White House aides have said that the former president was shredding papers that, according to US law, must be be preserved in the public archives. Now the political journalist of the New York Times Maggie Haberman publishes the photos that, according to her next book, show the remains of the documents flushed down the toilet by Trump himself.

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Haberman has advanced in Axiosa specialized media outlet for political information in Washington, the publication exclusive of some photos in which pieces of paper written in Trump’s handwriting can be seen at the bottom of two toilets.

Habermann’s book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, published in the United States in October, includes statements from White House employees, who daily found piles of paper stuck in the toilet. These photos, recently obtained by the journalist, may be proof of these confidences, according to Axios.

The sources consulted by Haberman say that the photograph on the left was of a White House toilet, while the one on the right was from a trip abroad that the former president took. These feature Trump’s handwriting, written in his favorite marker, and one features the name of Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Trump supporter and member of the House party leadership.

This exclusive comes after Trump denied in February “having destroyed or thrown papers down the toilet”. Despite journalistic and congressional investigations indicating that the former president routinely destroyed or restricted access to official presidential records during his tenure. A Trump spokesman, Taylor Budowich, now tells Axios that the photos are part of a “desperate advertising campaign” to sell Haberman’s book, one of the journalists most insulted and attacked by Trump during his presidency in a continuous operation of harassment, especially online, against female reporters.

“One more habit”

The sources consulted by Haberman also reported that the destruction of documents occurred several times in the presidential residence, and on at least two trips abroad. This way of “disposing” papers “was not well known in the West Wing, but some attendees were aware of this practice,” explains Haberman in Axios. “It was just another habit in Trump’s habit of tearing up documents that were supposed to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act.”

According to this law, the destruction of documents is illegal. Additionally, the rule requires a president to immediately turn over presidential records to the national archivist as soon as he leaves office.

Trump also improperly took boxes of documents to his Florida residence after leaving the White House. Some of those boxes have been recovered by the National Archives.