There’s simply no denying at this point that Donald Trump and his team of corrupt cronies are on their way out of the White House — even the DOJ is admitting as much now. And according to reports, lawsuits are being filed ahead of their departure to ensure that the lot of them can’t burn the place to the ground on their way out the door.
Yesterday, Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the White House as a whole were hit with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in combination with multiple other groups, alleging that the outgoing president and his administration are already “violating the Presidential Records Act by failing to properly preserve records of official government business.”
In the lawsuit, the groups are suggesting that the White House implement a policy that requires staff to “preserve screenshots of information sent on non-official messaging platforms as official presidential records.”
CREW and other plaintiffs including the National Security Archive, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the American Historical Association released a statement yesterday, in which they talked about the importance of the White House implementing a policy that ensures transparency. The high likelihood of legal troubles for Donald Trump and his people upon his departure from the White House only further increases the risk of the Trump team destroying documents from his time in office.
CREW argues, “With the President facing potential legal and financial exposure once he leaves office, there is a growing risk that he will destroy records of his presidency before leaving. As guidance from the National Archives and Records Administration makes clear, screenshots that do not capture a message’s metadata are not ‘complete copies’ as the Presidential Records Act requires.”
According to reports, Jared Kushner has already “admitted using non-official messaging accounts like WhatsApp to conduct official White House business, relying on screenshots alone to satisfy his record-keeping obligations.”
“This is part of a larger pattern of the President and the White House ignoring, if not flouting, their obligation to create and preserve records memorializing official actions and decisions,” the groups write in their statement.
Frankly, we all know how Donald Trump is — and we’re not about to let them get away with that.
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