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Once Again, Trump’s Defense is the Brazenness of his Crimes

The Presidential Records Act includes up to three years in prison for destruction or concealment of government records.
US President Donald Trump looks at attendees during a Make America Great Again rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SM... US President Donald Trump looks at attendees during a Make America Great Again rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 10, 2022 8:04 a.m.

This morning’s latest on Trump’s seemingly pervasive destruction and theft of government documents and classified material is that White House officials periodically found the toilets in the White House residence clogged with wads of flushed paper, which they believed — reasonably enough! — were government documents the President had tried to destroy. This revelation comes from Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming Trump book “Confidence Man.” Axios has the scoop. Because of course it does. Mike Allen described this as adding “a vivid new dimension to his lapses in preserving government documents,” which struck me as a generous way to describe it.

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