Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Staffers must tape back together presidential records Trump rips up, report says

Trump paper President Donald Trump puts a piece of paper in his suit jacket. Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP
Melinda Barton | 14 June, 2018, 05:14

According to them, no one can convince trump to abandon this habit.

Lartey said his supervisors "only wanted a few people" involved in the painstaking process of putting Trump's papers back together - a process he likened to "an adult puzzle".

Solomon Lartey, who had almost 30 years' experience as a government official, said he and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and piece them together "like a jigsaw puzzle". White house employees have to glue the pieces of paper to avoid being accused of violating the law.

Under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, the White House is required to keep presidential papers for security and historical purposes.

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Under former President Obama, records were carefully preserved and sent to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. And they got this story instead, with an aside about their being fired dutifully recorded near the end of the piece.

Lartey told "New Day" that he and other staffers thought the assignment was a joke at first.

"We got Scotch tape, the clear kind", Lartey said.

Solomon Lartey, 54, and Reginald Young Jr, 48, were terminated from their roles in records management in the spring.

The White House has previously said that it has systems to preserve all tweets as presidential records, even deleted posts.

"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", Mr Lartey said. He had never had to tape the president's papers back together again.

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this.

According to Politico, White House staffers had the torn documents collected from the Oval office and the president's residence and then turned them over to records management to be reassembled "like a jigsaw". "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

"The only excuse that I've ever gotten from them", Young said of his firing, "was that you serve at the pleasure of the president".