Officials hired to tape up Trump papers


Lartey, who'd worked in government for nearly three decades before he was sacked, says he and others would tackle mounds of shredded paper, putting pieces back together "like a jigsaw puzzle". That mandate requires all presidential records-emails, memos, and other correspondence handled by Trump-to be preserved, which apparently doesn't sync up with what some describe as his "unofficial 'filing system'".

The job of the records management analysts working in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House has changed considerably under the Trump administration, according to a Sunday Politico report.

Lartey, his colleague Reginald Young Jr., a senior records management analyst, and other staffers in the records department would have to take pieces of paper of all different sizes sent from the White House and painstakingly tape them together.

Once restored, the documents would be sent to the National Archives.

He said the documents he worked on included newspaper clippings with Trump's notes on them, invitations, and letters from constituents or lawmakers.

Mr Lartey said: "I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up". "It was the craziest thing ever. I would never have thought I would have gotten fired".

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It has been reported that the U.S. president regularly tears up papers he is legally required to keep, meaning staff have no choice but to somehow retrieve them. Instead, aides reportedly clean up Trump's paper scraps - which range from papers that are torn in two and thrown in the trash to documents that have been ripped into tiny pieces that resemble confetti and tossed on the floor - and ship them over to the records office, according to the people familiar with the task.

Lartey did not work alone.

Lartey and Young, who have since been dismissed, said they spent months piecing and taping together a variety of documents Trump would tear apart.

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. It would be an incredibly odd practice in private business. Both men are unemployed and still have questions about why they were terminated.

There's no apparent illicit motive here. And, surely, someone has told him that staffers are taping them back together?

This would seem to simply be yet another example of a sheer lack of impulse control, combined with an incredible disregard for the law.