During a press conference on Thursday, former President Donald Trump disputed that he had flushed documents down the toilet while in the White House.
The bogus tale of Trump flushing papers and documents down a White House toilet is totally untrue, according to the president, who stated the story was made up by a reporter in order to gain exposure for a mostly imaginary book.
Axios reported on the fact, which comes from New York Times writer Maggie Haberman’s upcoming book, “Confidence Man,” which will be released later this year.
“Here’s more reporting from the book’s latter years – White House residence staff periodically discovered papers had clogged the toilet, leading staff to believe Trump had flushed things he’d cut into pieces,” Haberman said on Twitter.
According to the National Archives, President Trump has reportedly returned 15 boxes of records that were wrongfully removed from the White House.
The National Archives said in a statement on Monday that it had “planned for the transport of 15 boxes containing Presidential papers from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives, following consultations with President Trump’s officials in 2021.”
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the National Archives and Records Administration had “openly and voluntarily” organized the transfer of the boxes, which he described as having “letters, records, newspapers, magazines, and a variety of other materials.”
As he put it, “the papers were supplied easily and without conflict, and on a very cordial basis, which contrasts with the narratives being cooked up by the Fake News Media.” “As a matter of fact, it was considered ordinary and a “no big deal.”
As a result of different legal judgments that have been handed down over the years, I was instructed that I was under no responsibility to provide this evidence.”
The Presidential Records Act requires that all presidential records be properly kept by each administration in order for a complete set of presidential records to be given to the National Archives at the end of each administration, as mandated by the law.
Former President George H.W. Bush ripped up several White House documents while in office, according to the National Archives, and the materials had to be taped back together by government employees.
To determine if Trump’s treatment of these official records violates federal law, the Archives requested that the Justice Department look into the matter.
Following claims that Trump sought to destroy presidential records, the House Oversight Committee stated Thursday that it has opened an investigation into 15 boxes of Trump’s records that have been recovered by the National Archives.
House Democratic Leader Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, wrote to Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero on Wednesday, requesting information “to evaluate the nature and impact” of Trump’s potential violations of the Presidential Records Act in a letter delivered to Ferriero on Wednesday.