Today’s big lefty “gotcha” story is that after he reads them, President Donald Trump sometimes tears up a few papers that get to his desk.
They are calling it a violation of the official records act. Yet, the same left-wing media is wholly ignoring a story that proves that Obama and Hillary literally deleted and destroyed tens of thousands of official documents that were saved electronically — arguably a far, far worse crime than ripping up a couple papers.
On Monday, for instance, CNN was all atwitter on Twitter with the tall tale of the ripped up letters as told by an ex-White House aide who says one of his jobs was to tape papers back together after President Trump had ripped them up.
President Trump has a habit of tearing up memos, notes, letters and even negative news articles he doesn't like, according to a former records management analyst tasked with reassembling records the President has hand-shredded https://t.co/HfaRvkUkEc pic.twitter.com/xNlOI91KRy
— CNN (@CNN) June 11, 2018
As the story goes, it appears that one of Trump’s habits in his personal life as a business mogul was to rip up letters and papers after he read them. He has, they say, continued this habit into the White House. However, there is a law called the Official Records Act that demands that all presidential papers be kept for posterity.
So, one guy was tasked with putting them back together again:
Solomon Lartey, who said he was abruptly terminated from his job as a records management analyst in March, said he spent at least several hours each day with tape piecing together the torn letters, memos and invitations Trump cast aside.
“We started getting these shredded papers, notes and everything,” Lartey told CNN in an interview on Monday. “We used to have to piece together all of these torn papers, and we weren’t supposed to tell anybody.”
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.”
“I guess they didn’t want to get it out,” said Lartey, who had worked in the White House since the Clinton administration. “When (chief of staff John) Kelly came in, they were leery of the leaks.”
Lartey did say that most of the papers Trump ripped up were newspaper clippings or articles printed out that he didn’t find very flattering or were, in his famous estimation, “fake news.”
CNN was also quick to report that this Mr. Lartey was only a few years from retiring with “full benefits” but since being fired he won’t get that largess off the public’s back. To which I say, good. The fewer retired Washington leeches living off the backs of the taxpayers the better.
Anyway, the upshot of the story is that Trump is evil because he is thwarting the requirements that papers be kept intact so that they can be archived among the administration’s official archives.
But only the day before CNN and the rest of the far-left, fake news media was all excited by Trump’s paper ripping habit, a more concerning story about presidential records came out.
The article in question, published by Real Clear Politics and written by the inimitable Thomas Lipscomb, is entitled “Crisis at the National Archives.”
Lipscomb started his article this way (my bold):
In the middle of directing the difficult task of transferring the historically important records of the Obama administration into the National Archives, the archivist in charge, David Ferriero, ran into a serious problem: A lot of key records are missing.
Wow. “A lot of key records are missing.”
That should shock every, single American. Because it means that the “most transparent administration in history” has purposefully destroyed thousands of electronic records. Why? Why else but to keep historians from tracking the Obama administration’s many crimes?
The report comes as Ferriero has been setting up the new processes to incorporate electronic records as part of the 1950 Federal Records Act. Indeed, Obama has even less excuse for this situation as you might think. As Lipscomb explains, Obama signed the update to the law himself.
To support this effort, in 2014 President Obama signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments. For the first time electronic government records were placed under the 1950 Federal Records Act. The new law also included updates clarifying “the responsibilities of federal government officials when using non-government email systems” and empowering “the National Archives to safeguard original and classified records from unauthorized removal.” Additionally, it gives the Archivist of the United States the final authority in determining just what is a government record.
Yet, Ferriero has found himself in a quandary. Obama (and Hillary) illegally destroyed harddrives full of records.
And yet the accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges. So far, former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Lynch and several EPA officials have been named as offenders. The IRS suffered record “losses” as well. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called it “an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws.”
So, why would Obama work to make sure that history won’t be able to track his actions. Well, let’s recall the crimes of one Sandy Berger to give us some insight into that question.
Lipscomb points out that some historical mysteries are revealed by documents that fall in the margins — notes, or “marginalia,” that reveal things that other records might not.
And marginalia may be the key to solving the puzzle of just what the late Sandy Berger, acting as former President Bill Clinton’s representative, was destroying during his 2005 trips into the National Archives, where he stuffed papers into his clothing. Berger only got away with this twice before archive personnel kept tabs on him, but the first trips involved as yet un-catalogued material so no one really knows what he took. But there seemed to be copies in the archive of everything they caught him with. And archival libraries dependent upon physical papers are vulnerable.
Every archive in the world suffers attacks, resulting in the theft of its records, the amending or destroying of them, and the archive has had five it knows of since Berger. Digital storage and authentication will be a great help in securing all holdings.
Berger was supposedly reviewing records for a Clinton response to the 9/11 Commission’s considerations of mistakes made leading up to the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Dean Emeritus of Boston University Law School Ronald Cass wonders if there was telling marginalia by Clinton or others on some of these documents that were not on the file copies. The Clintons seemed to have a longstanding problem with records, since the disappearance in 1994 and reappearance in 1996 of the subpoenaed Rose Law Firm files in the Clintons’ private White House quarters.
Berger destroyed documents — and we still doesn’t know how many — to keep history from discovering Bill Clinton’s wrong doing. There is no question that this is exactly what Obama has done, but only on a more massive scale.
And that leads us to Hillary’s destruction of records:
Now the National Archives is faced with Hillary Clinton’s history-making assault on government records while secretary of state, which Cass describes as fitting a pattern of “destroy, deny and corrupt the process.” (This is no doubt why Harvard just awarded her the Radcliffe Medal citing her “transformative impact on society.”)
Sadly it is likely that the criminal actions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will never be prosecuted and thousands if not millions of these records will be forever lost to historians seeking to find out just what really happened during Obama’s reckless and lawless regime.
Only Congress can go even a little ways to try and solve this by putting penalties in place. But it would take the whole of the federal government to serve those penalties on members of the Obama administration and bring them to justice in an effort to recover Obama’s stolen documents. And, really, how likely is that?