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Politics When Donald Trump threw confidential papers in the toilet of the White House

02:20  10 august  2022
02:20  10 august  2022 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Quand Donald Trump jetait des papiers confidentiels dans les toilettes de la Maison-Blanche © Copyright 2022, L'Obs

Suspicious behavior: the American press is panicked on a funny practice of the former tenant of the White House. Donald Trump would have destroyed written notes, normally intended for the national archives, by throwing them ... in the toilet! The Axios news site published , Monday, August 8, two photos of WC bowls where pieces of torn papers are placed, covered with writing in black ink. That of the former president, formally say the experts.

The atypical practice of Donald Trump was known to some collaborators in the White House, reveals the journalist of the "New York Times" Maggie Haberman. The photos are taken from his book "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America", which will appear on October 4. Several sources of the White House confirm the authenticity of the shots.

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"The fact that Mr. Trump was throwing documents in this way was not widely known within the West wing, but some assistants were aware of the habit, which he cultivated several times, ”explains Maggie Haberman in Axios.

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Donald Trump, who has always made a cross on political conventions, used to overcome the procedures for the conservation of the files. The American news channel CNN quotes in particular this time when the former president asked if someone wanted to put a copy of a speech that he had just delivered at auction on eBay. A former senior official also said that an assistant from the office of the staff secretary generally came to withdraw objects from the Trump office trash when he left the room.

The former head of state would even have cheated a sensitive document to prevent him from becoming a public, had unveiled his former assistant, Omarosa Maginault Newman, to the American channel MSNBC last February.

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A behavior that falls under the US law, recalls the site The Conversation . Article 2071 Title 18 of the American Code stipulates that anyone who "conceals, deletes, mutiles, erases or destroys voluntarily and illegally" of the files or documents submitted in a public office may be condemned to a fine or a prison sentence that can Go up to three years.

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