Since leaving the White House, Former United States President Donald Trump has reportedly talked big about keeping in touch with North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Un as New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman noted he “had a fixation on this relationship.”
Haberman, who covered Trump extensively since 2011 as a Politico reporter, scooped the revelation in her forthcoming book on Trump, “Confidence Man,” which stated that staff in the White House residence had discovered wads of paper clogging a toilet, the Daily Beast reported.
The allegation adds more evidence to claims that Trump defied the Presidential Records Act that required him to preserve written communications during his presidency, during which he would routinely tear up confidential documents, said Haberman.
After leaving office, Trump improperly brought substantial written materials back to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, where the North Korean dictator’s “love letters” were retrieved by the National Archives, according to Axios.
Archives officials “suspected Trump had possibly violated laws concerning the handling of government documents” and later retrieved 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago, where authorities subsequently found possible classified material.
However, on Thursday, Trump denied he had flushed documents down commodes during his White House stint.
“Another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” the Republican said in a statement.
He also claimed that the archives “openly and willingly” arranged the transfer of the boxes, which “contained letters, records, newspapers, magazines, and various articles.”
“In actuality, I have been told I was under no obligation to give this material based on various legal rulings that have been made over the years,” he added.
However, the record agency would correct Trump’s claims in a statement, saying, it had “arranged for the transport from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021.”
NBC News noted that archives have since asked the Justice Department to scrutinize whether Trump’s handling of these official records transgressed federal law, prompting the House Oversight Committee to announce on Thursday that it has launched a probe into the 15 returned boxes and reports that Trump attempted to destroy presidential records.