NYT writer accuses Trump of flushing documents down toilet
Trump’s team called the evidence “fabricated” and journalist Maggie Haberman “desperate”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman released photos on Monday apparently showing former President Donald Trump’s handwritten notes flushed down two toilets, supposedly in violation of White House protocol. Trump mocked Haberman and called his office a scoop “desperate.”
Published by Axios on Monday, the photos show two torn-up wads of notes, apparently in Trump’s handwriting, lodged in a pair of toilets, one in the White House and the other from an overseas trip.
The names ‘Rogers’ and ‘Stefanik’ are visible on the shredded notes, likely referencing Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama and Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik of New York.
Trump’s mishandling of White House documents has been a long-standing suspicion. In May, the Justice Department opened an investigation into 15 boxes of mementos, classified files and letters that Trump may have taken to Florida after he left Washington last year.
NEW: Here are photos that the NY Times’ Maggie Haberman obtained from a White House source showing documents with Trump’s handwriting on them — in two different toilets. Trump was alleged to have repeatedly flushed each set of documents. His repeated denials of it are untrue. pic.twitter.com/fn1SjOFxDW
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 8, 2022
Haberman published the photos in a campaign to promote her new book on Trump. In February, Haberman claimed that Trump would fill the White House toilets in shredded papers. This was apparently against the Presidential Records Act.
Haberman refers to “Maggot,”Trump claimed that the claims she made were false at the time. “categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book.”
Trump’s office struck a similar tone on Monday. “You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan,”Taylor Budowich was his spokesperson, Axios reported. “There’s enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class, a media class who is willing to run with anything, as long as it anti-Trump.”
In emails leaked by WikiLeaks, John Podesta’s former Hillary Clinton campaign manager mentioned Haberman. These emails were published in 2016 by WikiLeaks. Haberman was noted by the Clinton campaign in a strategy document from 2015. “friendly journalist”To whom were they hired? “tee up stories”Beneficial to Democrats previously, and would prove useful in “shaping”This is a pro-Clinton story.