‘He never stopped ripping things up’: Inside Trump’s relentless document destruction habits
…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: Now we learn that the Presidential Archives Act has no enforcement provisions. It seems it was just generally assumed that all presidents would comply without the threat of penalties…until Trump came along.
The shrinks all spotted the mental state of this guy early on, that he was going to make presidential history in a unique way, but just not in the positive vein that was historically expected.
Here is the problem that none officially seems to want to face.
Especially for high offices with security clearances, what’s up with this no deep background checks for politicians running for important offices? Think about it for a moment. If any group should have to undergo a deep background check, it is political people. And no, I am not being cute. It’s a no brainer.
It seems that politicians as a group have had no interest in requiring this of their club. Imagine that. So Jim Dean thinks now is the perfect time to put that issue on the front burner, along with having a National Archives staff person assigned to the Whitehouse managing the safety of presidential archives from future Rippers and Shredders.
If we do not do this, then we deserve what we get, as Trump has really lowered the bar on presidential behavior. We may need to think about a whole list of things we can defensively do to prevent enduring another Trump.
Something tells me that the Banana Republicans will not be interested, which is fine. They can wear that shame in every campaign, where it should be brought up in the debates. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 7, 2022
And he did it all in violation of the Presidential Records Act, despite being urged by at least two chiefs of staff and the White House counsel to follow the law on preserving documents.
“It is absolutely a violation of the act,” said Courtney Chartier, president of the Society of American Archivists. “There is no ignorance of these laws. There are White House manuals about the maintenance of these records.”
…“He didn’t want a record of anything,” a former senior Trump official said. “He never stopped ripping things up. Do you really think Trump is going to care about the records act? Come on.”
…“The biggest takeaway I have from that behavior is it reflects a conviction that he was above the law,” said presidential historian Lindsay Chervinsky. “He did not see himself bound by those things.”