Every day now, I find myself thinking, “This is it. Things cannot possibly get any crazier from here.” And every day now, I am consistently proven wrong. Over, and over, and over again.
According to a new upcoming book by The New York Times‘ White House correspondent Maggie Haberman (which, let’s be honest, is going to be the absolute goat) staffers from the Trump White House blame the delusional now-ex-president for badly clogging up a toilet inside the White House by trying to flush various documents down it, as the toilet was allegedly consistently found with wads of printed paper in it.
Axios managed to obtain an early copy of Haberman’s Confidence Man ahead of its scheduled October release date — and already, the revelations coming out of this thing has us blinking and shaking our heads like the infamous gif.
The claim is consistent with the recent reports revealing that Trump was notorious for ripping up official documents during his time in the White House, leaving his staff scrambling to tape it back together to adhere to the federal Presidential Records Act, and even packing up boxes of official White House documents and taking them with him to his Mar-a-Lago resort/home when he left the White House just over a year ago.
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Haberman herself responded to a tweet from Axios on the new toilet clogging topic, writing that the paper material was often found in the toilet “ripped into pieces,” which led staffers and aides to believe that Trump had been trying to flush the documents.
Here’s some reporting from the book’s later years – White House residence staff periodically found papers had clogged a toilet, leaving staff believing Trump had flushed material he’d ripped into pieces https://t.co/ECgj0IL48Q
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 10, 2022
Frankly, it sounds exactly like something Donald Trump would do. But, wouldn’t you know, it took less than a hot second for Trump to push out a new statement, denying the whole thing, claiming he was specifically told that he was under “no obligation” to preserve or turn over any records from his administration. A claim that, of course, is in direct contradiction of the federal Presidential Records Act.
” 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 fumed in a new statement released by his Save America super PAC following Axios‘ reporting on the story from Haberman’s new book.
Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs has since spoken out to cooperate Haberman’s claim in Confidence Man, calling the story “100% accurate” and noting that sources at the time absolute confirmed finding torn up wads and bits of paper in the toilet at the White House, and assuming/believing that then-President Trump was the culprit.
“In actuality, I have been told I was under no obligation to give this material based on various legal rulings that have been made over the years,” Trump’s statement reads.
President Donald J. Trump:
“Following collaborative and respectful discussions, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) openly and willingly arranged with President Trump for the transport of boxes that contained letters, records, newspapers, magazines… pic.twitter.com/4r1wnufbWI
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 10, 2022
I honestly don’t even know how to respond to this mess anymore. I’m just at a loss for words.
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