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Report: Trump Routinely Rips Up Documents He Is Required to Preserve

Report: Trump Routinely Rips Up Documents He Is Required to Preserve

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By    |   Sunday, 10 June 2018 10:20 PM

Donald Trump early in his presidency routinely ripped up documents he was legally required to preserve, forcing former records management analysts Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr. to patch the papers back together with Scotch tape, according to Politico.

Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must hold onto presidential records for historical purposes and safekeeping. But White House aides had a hard time convincing Trump to ditch the habit, so they improvised.

The documents were picked up off the floor and pulled from the trash can of the Oval Office and Trump’s private residence, and then sent to records management across the street from the White House to be mended before being shipped off to the National Archives to be properly filed away.

“We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey told the news outlet. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.”

The documents included memos, letters, including one from Sen. Chuck Schumer and newspaper clippings.

The analysts made more than $60,000 a year before they were abruptly fired earlier this year – and are still looking for answers on why they were forced out.

“We had to endure this under the Trump administration,” Young said. “I’m looking at my director, and saying, ‘Are you guys serious?’ We’re making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans.”

Trump reportedly still rips up scraps of paper and throws them out.

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Donald Trump early in his presidency routinely ripped up documents he was legally required to preserve, forcing former records management analysts Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr. to patch the papers back together with Scotch tape, according to Politico.
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