Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

It’s Someone’s Job to Tape Together All the Papers Trump Tears Up

It’s Someone’s Job to Tape Together All the Papers Trump Tears Up

That mandate requires all presidential records-emails, memos, and other correspondence handled by Trump-to be preserved, which apparently doesn't sync up with what some describe as his "unofficial 'filing system'".

CNN reports Trump has come under fire before for possible records act violations, notably when he deletes his own tweets (electronic media are considered presidential records).

Solomon Lartey, who had almost 30 years' experience as a government official, said he and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and piece them together "like a jigsaw puzzle".

Once restored, the documents would be sent to the National Archives.

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.

"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", Lartey said.

"It was the craziest thing ever", Lartey told the news outlet.

Aides have reportedly tried to get the president to break the habit of tearing up documents, but given all the shady business ventures he's been involved in over the years, it's easy to see how Trump picked up the inclination to avoid leaving a paper trail.


Lartey said he spent the first five months of the Trump administration standing over a desk in the Old Executive Office Building, trying to piece Trump's papers back together.

His colleague, Mr Young, worked as a senior records management analyst.

Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must hold onto presidential records for historical purposes and safekeeping.

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

"When she walked me out and took my badge and the gate close behind me - it was like, damn, that's 20 years of White House service, gone", Lartey said.

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Young Jr. said. "We're making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. I would never have thought I would have gotten fired".

They agreed to speak to Politico about what they believed to be unfair termination, saying that they were forced to sign resignation letters and were not told why they were being fired.

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