Donald Trump is being accused of flushing sensitive government documents down a White House toilet, according to a new book written by Maggie Haberman.
According to Axios, who obtained an exclusive first look at some of Haberman’s upcoming book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, the former president is believed to have flushed government documents down a toilet because members of the Trump Administration’s staff would allegedly find wads of printed paper clogging up the piece of sanitary hardware.
"Here’s some reporting from the book’s later years — White House residence staff periodically found papers had clogged a toilet, leaving staff believing Trump had flushed material he’d ripped into pieces,” Haberman tweeted Thursday.
But former President Trump must have quickly caught wind of the outlet’s report regarding Haberman’s toilet-flushing claims, because he promptly released a statement denying the accusations.
"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," he said in his statement.
These claims revealed in Confidence Man, and subsequently reported by Axios, come just days after the National Archives announced on Monday that the former president also improperly took upwards of 15 boxes of government documents from the White House and brought them to his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida following his departure from the presidential office in January 2021.
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The National Archives "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,” the independent government agency revealed earlier this week.
Although Trump denied Haberman’s claims that he flushed documents down a White House toilet, he did confirm that the National Archives were retrieving at least 15 boxes of “letters, records, newspapers, magazines, and various articles” as part of his statement Thursday.
"The papers were given easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis, which is different from the accounts being drawn up by the Fake News Media," he businessman-turned-politician confirmed.
"In fact, it was viewed as routine and 'no big deal.' 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."
This is just the latest incident regarding Donald Trump following his departure from office after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.