Oh, the irony! A new USA Today report contends that Donald Trump was also accused of destroying email evidence in a lawsuit from 10 years ago. The reporter got a hold of some courtroom transcripts. Apparently, back in 2006, a judge ordered Trump’s casino operation to turn in several years worth of emails. Guess what his response was? They didn’t exist.
“The Trump Organization routinely erased emails and had no records from 1996 to 2001,” the USA Today report said.
Apparently, the defendants in the case accused Trump’s company of destroying evidence — but nothing was ever resolved on that front. A Trump IT director testified that the organization had no standard process for keeping emails before 2005.
“He has a house in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep email. That’s a tough one.. If somebody starts to put forth as a fact something that doesn’t make any sense to me and uses me to have concern about their credibility in the discovery process, that’s not a good direction to go, and I am really having a hard time with this,” Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld said, according to transcripts obtained by USA Today. The case involved a lawsuit filed by Trump’s casino company, called Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, against a former employee, according to the newspaper.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed Clinton for deleting her emails from when she worked as Secretary of State. Of, course, there are some clear differences here. For one, Clinton was dealing with national security matters. In addition, as a public official, she had a duty to retain her emails as part of the public record. Trump was a businessman who had the right to run a business the way he wants. Yet, still, the irony is quite amusing. The Trump campaign apparently didn’t get back to USA Today for comment.