Former White House chief of staff never witnessed ‘intentional destruction of important documents’

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in an Aug. 11 interview with CNN that he never witnessed the “intentional destruction of important papers” while in office.

Mulvaney, who served the Trump administration for 15 months and has been a critic of former President Donald Trump ever since, told CNN “New Day” host Brianna Keilar, “I’ve never seen the intentional destruction of documents in the purpose of keeping anything from the National Archives or the public of tomorrow.

According to Mulvaney, all White House staff were well aware of how to comply with paper destruction regulations.

“We knew the rules, we glued them together and we made copies. As long as copies are kept, you can pretty much do whatever you want with the other documents,” he said.

Grilled by Keilar if he had ever seen Trump tearing up documents, Mulvaney said he did, but claimed the documents were all handled “in the normal course of business.”

“The flush,” the host said, referring to claims by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. “Have you ever heard of him throwing documents away?”

“Not once,” he said.

Report refused

Mulvaney’s account contradicts Haberman’s report that “White House staffers routinely found torn printer paper in the restrooms of the Presidential Residence during Trump’s tenure.”

The statement was accompanied by a pair of photos from an unnamed source claiming to show notes written by Trump in a restroom allegedly at the White House.

Trump was quick to deny her account, calling it “another fake story” when it first emerged in February.

“Furthermore, another false story, that I flushed papers and documents down the White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply fabricated by a journalist in order to publicize an essentially fictional book,” Trump said in a statement emailed to The New York Times. York Post.

Haberman doubled down on his claim in an interview with CNN on Aug. 8, the same day the FBI conducted a search of the Trump Mar a Lago residence and just before the October release of his book on Trump, “Confidence Man.”

His story was once again denied by a spokesperson for the former president.

“You must be desperate enough to sell books if images of paper in a toilet bowl are part of your promotional plan,” Taylor Budowich told Axios, referring to Haberman, adding that there are “enough people ready to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class – a media class that is ready to run with anything, as long as it’s anti-Trump.


Hannah Ng is a journalist covering news from the United States and China. She holds a master’s degree in international and development economics from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences.