Yesterday we reported on a story from New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming new book, Confidence Man, after Axios got their hands on an advanced copy of the Trump tell-all, alleging that Donald Trump had clogged White House toilets with printed papers. According to the story, Trump White House staffers often found a toilet in the residential area of the White House that was clogged up with wads of ripped-up paper and they fully believed that the now-ex-president was responsible for the backed-up toilet by trying to flush official documents.
The mind-boggling story regarding the clogged toilet came around the same time as reports indicating that Trump was notorious for improperly handling official White House documents during his presidency — including tearing up documents that ultimately ended up in “burn bags,” ripping up papers to the point that his staffers were left scrambling behind him to tape the papers back together in an effort to follow the law, and even packing up several boxes of official White House documents, some of which were clearly marked “Top Secret,” and packing them with him to his Mar-a-Lago home/resort.
Even the National Archives has admitted that several of the documents they handed over to the January 6th House Select Committee in connection to the investigation into the infamous Capitol attack were taped back together because Donald Trump had ripped them up.
Trump has, of course, already responded to these stories and reports with all the rage we’ve come to expect from him, fully denying the claims made about him flushing documents down a White House toilet and claiming that “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.”
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But apparently, Donnie’s former Chief of Staff didn’t think that was enough and wanted to make damn sure everyone knew that the toilet stories were a bunch of crap. (See what I did there?)
Following the reports, Mark Meadows spoke with Newsmax and claimed that the Trump White House was “diligent” about properly preserving all of their official documents.
“We were very diligent in making sure that we preserved those documents, and ultimately I think the record will show that,” Meadows stated.
“The staff secretary was very diligent in making sure that those documents were preserved for the federal records,” he stated. “To suggest that somehow now that this should be news is just hard to imagine.”
Meadows went on to grovel a little deeper still when he referred to the Presidential Records Act, the federal law that dictates and requires the preservation of presidential documents, as “hilarious” and “stupid,” only to go on to call it “an important part of who we are and it’s something that we ought to take seriously.”
Trump knows you’re his ponyboy, Mark. No need to make a complete ass out of yourself.