Oh, Just Donald Trump Destroying Government Records. NBD.
Remember those eleventy million articles about Hilllary Clinton going to email jail for her private server? (Thanks, New York Times!) Remember how Donald Trump was going to LOCK HER UP for the high crime of deleting personal messages?
Well! Funny story from Politico's Annie Karni!
Seems that Donald Trump, aka President Paper Shredder, DGAF about the law requiring him to maintain his own correspondence.
Through the implementation of records management controls and other necessary actions, the President shall take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of the President's constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented and that such records are preserved and maintained as Presidential records pursuant to the requirements of this section and other provisions of law.
See, that there is the Presidential Records Act of 1978. And it is mandatory. Unless you're a psychopath who insists on ripping shit up just 'cause that's how you've always done it. In which case, there are little people to pick up after you!
[...] White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn't violating the law.
Which is why you, the taxpayer, are forking over $60,000 per person for a team of archivists to comb through the president's trash and reassemble the fragments like a jigsaw puzzle. And after they've spent hours scotch-taping the million little pieces back together, it all goes down to the National Archives to be stored away so that future generations may know that, no matter how bad their government is, 2018 was WORSE.
Solomon Lartey was a career government archivist who, along with several other long-term employees, was recently frogmarched off the premises this year for … no reason at all. Was this part of a leak investigation? A purge of those dreaded "Obama holdovers" otherwise known as career bureaucrats with civil service protections? Who knows! Not Mr. Lartey, who was told, "you serve at the pleasure of the president," before they confiscated his badge and forced him to sign a "resignation leter."
Naturally, Congress has launched an investigation of dastardly destruction of government records and the flagrant abuse of civil service protections.
Oh, but we are to kid! No, the GOP Congress ain't gonna do shit. IOKIYAR.
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Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.