Washington (CNN)– A series of recently released photos show two occasions when former President Donald Trump apparently flushed documents down the toilet.
Maggie Haberman, a reporter for the newspaper new York Times and a CNN contributor, will publish the new images in their upcoming book, “Confidence Man,” and they were previously published by Axios.
CNN has previously reported that Trump violated the president’s record-keeping laws and often tore up documents, drafts and memos after reading them.
The former president periodically flushed the paper down the toilet in the White House residence, which was later discovered when technicians were called in to fix clogged toilets.
Trump has denied the allegations, and in a statement to Axios on Monday, a spokesman said reports of the exercise were fabricated.
In the photos released on Monday, it is not clear what the documents refer to, or who wrote them, but they appear to be written in Trump’s handwriting with black markers. Haberman said one photo was of a White House bathroom and the other was from a trip abroad that was provided to him by a Trump White House source.
“Who knows what this role was? Only he would know and possibly whoever was handling it, but the important point is about the record,” Haberman told CNN’s John Berman and Brianna Keeler on “New Day” Monday. told. Morning.
Trump had a pattern of ignoring normal record protection procedures. Trump once asked if anyone wanted to put up a copy of his speech on eBay for auction during a mid-flight visit to the Air Force One press box.
At other times, Trump advisers brought boxes of unread memos, articles and draft tweets onto Air Force One so they could be reviewed and then shredded.
A former high-level Trump administration official said a deputy from the office of the secretary of staff would come to take things out of the trash and remove them from the desk after Trump left a room.
A former White House official recalled that while document protection was a major responsibility of the staff secretary, the rest of Trump’s top officials lacked his obligation to keep records of papers moving through the country.
Trump’s chaotic record-keeping was the subject of a protracted battle between him and the National Archives earlier this year, and the Justice Department is looking into the matter.