‘Crooked Hillary?’ That Time Donald Trump Destroyed Email Evidence

About that email evidence Donald Trump once deleted...Hillary Clinton may have the last laugh.
Deleted email evidence? Hillary Clinton may have the last laugh on Donald Trump. Embed from Getty Images

What about Donald Trump’s deleted email evidence?

In 2004, Donald Trump and his casino development company sued his former employee Richard Fields for about $1 billion, stemming from Fields opening a casino on his own although he developed the idea while under Trump’s employment.  The case is Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Development Company, LLC v. Richard T. Fields, et al., Case No. 04-20291 CACE (19), in Broward County, Florida.  And it has an interesting twist.  Donald Trump and his employees deleted all the email evidence.

Every single day, whether as candidate for the nomination or as the official GOP nominee, Donald Trump beats the dead horse drum of “Crooked Hillary” by demanding to know the whereabouts of some 30,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s days as Secretary of State.

The topic of deleted email evidence seems to be the cornerstone of his marketing campaign to assassinate her character.  He has called her a criminal.  Said she has to go to jail.  Donald Trump even went so far as to ask Russian intelligence services to hack into her computers to find them.

And then there’s Trump v. Fields.

The story, first published by USA Today journalist Paul Singer on June 13, 2016, made fairly small waves at the time.  It deserves a second look.

Fields’ lawyers asked for email evidence from Trump and his company, to prove that they were actively working on the same casino venture as Fields.  The judge, Jeffrey Streitfeld, ordered Trump’s lawyer, Robert Borello to turn them over.  The response?  “My understanding from speaking to my client is that there are no emails.”

Employees testified that they almost all used privately-acquired email accounts like AOL, that there were there no email archiving protocols, and that “every year everything was just wiped out and deleted from pretty much everybody’s computers,” according to transcripts from the case.  One relevant Trump employee got a new computer after the original lawsuit was filed.  

As USA Today reported,

Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld was stunned. “He has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep emails. That’s a tough one… If somebody starts to put forth as a fact something that doesn’t make any sense to me and causes me to have a 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.”

According to the AP, Trump and his companies also repeatedly refused to turn over what documents they did have.

Trump and Fields tried to settle the case, but it fell through, so Fields’ lawyers asked Judge Streitfeld to compel Trump to submit his computers and email accounts for forensic examination in 2007.   The Judge agreed.  According to court documents examined by the AP, the Judge told said

“I’m not satisfied that there was due diligence in this case at all,” adding that the company “had not done anything in-house to stop” the deletion of emails and other records.  “How could there not be a hold place? ‘Be careful, we’ve just filed a major lawsuit in which we’re seeking billions of dollars, but routinely continue to wipe out computers.  That doesn’t work.”

Judge Streitfield is retired now, but in an interview with USA Today for their story, he said “I was a bit incredulous that an organization of that significance doesn’t do email.  I had heard a number of things in 24 years on the bench, but that stuck in my mind.”

The moral of the story: People with deleted email evidence shouldn’t accuse others of deleting email evidence.

Private email servers.  Deleting emails.  Refusing to release evidentiary documents.  Eliminating the paper trail.  Aren’t those all the accusations he makes, hourly, about Hillary Clinton?

Enough already!

Look, Trump is a marketing genius.  It’s a no-brainer, given that he’s still around after all his failures, how big those failures have been, how many people he has ripped off in the process.  All his insults, innuendos, insinuations, recriminations, and accusations are part of his marketing.  But by now, you should start to notice that every form of disparaging claim that he makes about someone else (except being an unattractive woman) is something he himself did.  

Trump is the very model of a hypocrite extraordinaire.  He claims to be the most honest and trustworthy candidate in decades.  And he wants your vote to lead this great country.  That is only slightly less absurd than believing the moon is made of cheese.  


This is part 4 in a continuing series to critically examine Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

  1. Who Are The Ten Most Honest And Lying American Politicians?
  2. Why Can’t You Believe Hillary Clinton Is Inherently Honest?
  3. Trump Bankruptcy Reveals Chilling Details
  4. `Crooked Hillary?’ That Time Donald Trump Destroyed Email Evidence
  5. Caught Again: Trump Still Hiring Foreign Workers Over Americans
  6. Donald Trump’s Secret Plan To Bring Back Jobs: He Can’t
  7. Trump’s Ponzi Scheme To Bankrupt The U.S. Economy
  8. Trump’s Service Record Speaks For Itself

 


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Charlie has been writing news, opinion, and spoof pieces on politics off and on since 1994. In between gigs, he's a stand-up philosopher.