Donald Trump has hammered Hillary Clinton about her “missing emails” for more than a year now. He has promised to throw her in jail if he becomes president and his crowds are known for their chants of “lock her up.” However, it seems that the GOP nominee and his companies of every bit as guilty of the same damned thing.
Trump’s companies have deliberately destroyed documents — including emails — that judges have ordered be turned over in his various lawsuits.
Newsweek reports that according to court filings, judicial orders, and affidavits, “Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders.”
Trump and his lawyers also used every trick in the book to hinder and delay court proceedings against him. These underhanded tactics have “enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump.” Not only did he destroy documents to impede court cases, he also used “deception and untruthful affidavits,” and has been doing so since the early 70s.
The Trump strategy was simple: deny, impede and delay, while destroying documents the court had ordered them to hand over.
To avoid being held responsible for anything in a court of law, Trump and his employees were willing to feed misleading information to reporters, threaten libel lawsuits, and lie during sworn statements.
Newsweek points out that Trump’s past actions are no different than what he has been doing every since he announced he was running for the presidency.
He promised to turn over his tax returns and his health records — just as he promised to comply with document discovery requirements in so many lawsuits — then reneged. As a result, he has left a sparse evidentiary trail that can be used to assess his wealth, his qualifications for the presidency or even his fitness.
Trump is as “crooked” as they come. He is the living, breathing definition of a con man. Yet, he still wants to throw stones at Hillary over her “missing emails” despite living in his own house of glass. Go figure.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.