A spokesperson for former President Donald Trump has denied trying to dispose of the White House documents by flushing them down the toilet after Axios posted two images of paper allegedly bearing Trump’s handwriting at the bottom of the paper. chests of drawers.
“You must be desperate enough to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl are part of your promotional plan,” Taylor Budowich told the site, which published the pictures after being obtained by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman ahead of the October publication of her book “Confidence Man.”
Budowich then added that “there are enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class – a media class that is ready to run with anything, as long as it’s is anti-Trump.”
A photo, allegedly taken at the White House, shows a torn note with the word “where” written on it at the bottom of the toilet.
The second photo, believed to have been taken while Trump was on a trip abroad, featured a torn piece of paper bearing the names ‘Rogers’ and ‘Stefanik’ – presumably referring to upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – in the restroom.
Haberman, who originally reported that Trump liked to dump his notes in February of this year, backed up his reporting during an appearance on CNN Monday.
“People are going to make all kinds of toilet jokes and whatnot,” she said. “It would still be a story if it was a fireplace. And that is the destruction of records that are supposed to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, which is a creation of the Watergate era.
“We knew that Trump had a habit of tearing up the paper and people had to stick it back together,” Haberman added. “…And so what was happening was that the staff at the White House residence was discovering that the pipes were clogged with paper that they thought he had rinsed out…I had had additional reports afterwards from people confirming that Trump had indeed done this and that it had happened on at least two trips abroad and to the White House throughout his presidency.
“Again, this is important because who knows what that paper was. Only he would know, and probably whoever was in charge of it. But the important point concerns the recordings.
The former president quickly lambasted the accusation in February, calling it “another false story”, “categorically untrue” and “just made up” by Haberman to distract Americans from “how horribly our country is doing under the ‘Biden administration’.
Since leaving office, several reports have described Trump as a notorious shredder of documents — sensitive or otherwise.
CNN reported on Monday that Trump would ask his aides to carry boxes of potential unread memoirs, articles and tweets aboard Air Force One, which he would then review and tear up.
A former senior administration official told the outlet that an assistant in the personnel secretary’s office would remove items from Trump’s trash can or remove items from his desk after the president left the room to comply. federal record keeping laws.
Trump was also accused of keeping boxes of White House documents — some of which contained classified documents — at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The National Archives recovered the boxes in January.
That caught the attention of the House Oversight Committee, which quickly launched an investigation into what it called “potential serious violations” of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Federal investigators also reportedly issued a subpoena for the documents as part of their own investigation into the case.