Trump Routinely Rips Up Documents He Is Required to Preserve

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

Politico first reported the efforts made by record-keeping officials in the Trump administration to tape back together papers Trump destroyed. They served as records management analysts. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for.

Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, "like a jigsaw puzzle".

Sometimes the papers would be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti, according to theDaily Mail.

What was going on was that Young and Lartey were helping Trump comply with the Presidential Records Act - which requires that all presidential documents need to be preserved.

But Mr Trump has, over his career, developed a habit of ripping up paper after he's finished, throwing it in the bin or on the floor. This is the same law that ostensibly prevents the president from deleting tweets as well.

A former Obama staffer tells Politico her boss had a "structured" record-keeping procedure, complete with color-coded folders, while a person said to be in the know on Trump's procedure notes he simply tore up "anything that happened to be on his desk that he was done with"-even after aides warned him to stop".

Lartey said he was never given an explanation for his firing, which he said came at the end of the day on March 23.

Mr Lartey told the political news site that his entire department was dedicated to the task of taping paper back together in the opening months of the Trump administration.

The restored papers are then sent to the National Archives to be properly filed away.

He told Politico that the documents included newspaper clips that Mr Trump had scribbled notes on and letters from politicians including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. "It was the craziest thing ever".

Paper wars: He rips, they stick them.

Lartey did not work alone. They said that workers in their former office were still taping together Trump-ripped documents as recently as spring.

Reginald Young was a senior records management analyst who worked for the United States government for more than 20 years before being sacked in April.