Toilet photos undermine Trump’s claim he never tried to erase presidential records

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman released a photo on Monday of what appears to be former President Donald Trump tearing up papers and flushing them down the toilet to dispose of them.

The photographs appear to corroborate Haberman’s report in his forthcoming book.”The Confidence Man: The Birth of Donald Trump and the Fall of America,” support Coverage from multiple news outlets that Trump regularly tore up documents in violation of the Presidential Records Act;

Haberman obtained the photo. First published by Axios She also shared it with Yahoo News, from sources within the previous administration.

“To the left is the White House restroom, with the word ‘entitled’ and the capital,” Haberman wrote in a tweet Monday. “To the left is Trump’s overseas travel toilet.”

A photo showing a torn piece of paper in the bottom of the toilet.

A photo showing a torn piece of paper in the bottom of the toilet. (Courtesy of Maggie Haberman)

The torn paper contains the name “Stephanik” written in marker. This was supposedly a reference to Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican congressman from New York who staunchly defended Trump in his second impeachment.

When Haberman first reported Trump’s tendency to dispose of documents and memos by flushing them down the toilet, staff said the practice was causing clogs and requiring plumbers to fix them. However, the former president vehemently denied that the claim was true.

“Another bogus story that I flushed papers and documents down the White House toilet is completely untrue and almost made up by reporters to promote a fictional book,” Trump said in a February statement. It’s a thing,’ he said.

Even after the release of photographic evidence on Monday that appeared to back up the toilet claims, Trump spokesperson Taylor Vuwitch continued to cast doubt on the story.

“If a picture of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan, you have to be pretty desperate to sell your book,” Budowich told Axios.

as part of Presidential Records Act, the President of the United States is required by law to preserve letters, e-mails, and work documents and forward them to the National Archives. After the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 requested the National Archives for the president’s records related to the U.S. Capitol riots, Trump filed a lawsuit to block the forwarding of the documents, but a federal judge Officials and the Supreme Court ruled against the former president.

In February, it was learned that Trump improperly removed 15 boxes of documents, some of which were labeled “Top Secret.” He then sent those boxes to his Florida golf resort, his Mar-a-Lago. The National Archives has requested an investigation into how the document got there. The Archives then recovered the box.

“The media characterization of my relationship with NARA has been [National Archives and Records Administration] It’s fake news. It was just the opposite! It was a great honor to work with NARA to officially preserve Trump’s legacy,” Trump said in a statement released in February.