Donald Trump loves to criticize Hillary Clinton over her email scandal, and his mentioning of her “deleting” thousands of them often leads to chants of “lock her up!” at his rallies. Ironic, then, that he apparently has quite the long history of deleting emails and other important documents, even when ordered by a court to present them.
Newsweek , in their latest in a long series of Trump take-downs, reports that Trump has destroyed thousands of digital and paper documents, including emails, required for official court proceedings, often blatantly in contempt of the courts.
Bipartisan Report explains further:
During their investigation, Newsweek discovered thousands of pages of judicial orders involved in litigation against Trump, many filed by ordinary citizens, that forced those suing him to spend large amounts of money for lawyers in an attempt to obtain pertinent records.
One of the most recent and worse cases of this obstruction through the hiding and destruction of documentation was when Donald Trump tried to sue two of the Hard Rock Cafe casinos in Florida. Trump complained that he was cheated out of the deal by a former associate.
However, packaging the casino deals with the local Seminole tribe took several years, probably causing the statute of limitations to expire before Trump filed his suit. The clock for the case started ticking at the point when Trump discovered the collusion, so the defendant, Power Plant Entertainment, LLC needed only prove that Trump knew of the deal with the former associate in early 2000 for the court to throw the case out. However, Trump’s lies and obstruction caused the case to drag on for years. The defendants claimed he was informed in 1999, but Trump claimed he learned about the deal in 2001. The lawyers filed discovery demands for emails, computer files, and other documentation.
A year later, Trump Hotels had handed over no more than a box of papers, most of which were not relevant, and no digital files or emails, claiming they didn’t have a server or computer system before 2001.
These lies were uncovered after an investigation took depositions from many IT specialists for the Trump companies who testified that an onsite server had been put into service in 1999, and that prior to that, the company managed with an off-site server commissioned in 1997. Sworn statements by Trump company IT personnel proved that a Trump Hotel affidavit swearing that it had no servers prior to 2001 was a complete falsehood.
In fact, beginning in 2003, when Donald Trump filed the lawsuit against Power Plant, the company instituted a policy of wiping their computers annually.
In a more recent case, Trump was sued in 2009 by a group who claimed that the real estate developer had conned them into buying apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, saying that he was personally involved in the project. In fact, Trump had simply licensed his name to the developer and walked away from the project.
Donald Trump claimed that he had no liability insurance to cover his loss in the suit, which was also completely false. Apparently Trump had licensed his name to several such projects and was being sued by those taken in by his “brand.” Trump claimed to have no insurance to cover the loss to avoid a settlement, hoping to discourage others who had suffered by his deception from suing him as well.
Two years after the initial lawsuit was filed, a Trump lawyer admitted that Trump was insured for up to $5 million.
Newsweeks’ Kurt Eichenwald, one of Trump’s worst media nightmares, states in the article that the use of untruthful affidavits, deception, and the hiding or destruction of legal documents by Trump goes back to 1973, when his company was sued by the federal government for refusing to rent property to African-Americans.
During this case, Trump’s strategy was to deny the allegations, impede investigation, and delay the proceedings while simultaneously destroying documents ordered by the court.
Someone with such a long and eventful history of document destruction should maybe shut the hell up about Hillary Clinton’s email once and for all.