Documents from a lawsuit that occurred ten years ago with one of Trump's former employees reveal that Trump allegedly destroyed email evidence.
This certainly makes Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton appear hypocritical to say the least—according to USA Today, Trump apparently deleted emails that were requested in 2006 in a lawsuit.
In 2004, Trump was involved in a suit with one of his casino companies, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, and a former employee, Richard Fields. Trump alleged that while working under him, Fields had advocated negotiating with the Seminole tribe in Florida to build a casino, but dropped the idea.
Fields later left Trump’s company and implemented the same idea with different business partners, ultimately amassing over $1 billion in revenue; Trump believed he was entitled to the profits of these casinos.
In order to determine whether Trump was initially attempting to make a deal with the Seminole tribe, the court requested emails from 1996 to 2004 to provide evidence of negotiations—magically, they had all disappeared.
His lawyers maintained that Trump had no electronic email retention process prior to 2005 and apparently “destroyed old computers and emails that might have been stored on them.”
As Fields sarcastically commented, “[Trump] has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep emails. That’s a tough one.”
The court never resolved whether Trump had willfully deleted emails and destroyed evidence, because the case was settled before the judge could rule on it.
However, the irony of the situation remains deep, considering Trump has consistently harped on the fact that Clinton deleted over 33,000 “personal” emails when she turned over her private server as a part of an ongoing FBI investigation.
Trump has questioned Clinton on Twitter, “Where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?” and stated to media outlets that, “What she did is a criminal situation. She wasn't supposed to do that with the server and the emails."
While it’s true that Clinton is a government official who is more publicly accountable than Trump, it still demonstrates that he possesses an equivalent lack of judgment and attempted to bypass the law in similar ways. This is also only one of 3,500 lawsuits Trump has been involved in regarding his employees.
Trump’s attacks on Clinton concerning the emails now hold little to no water—next time Trump even thinks of bringing up Clinton’s emails, she certainly has the perfect retort.
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