After it recently came to light that former President Donald Trump had destroyed and removed official documents from the White House, some folks may have thought that was the end of the story. But nope, there's more!
Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, often known mononymously as Omarosa, disclosed Trump's penchant for tearing up papers in her book Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.
In an interview with MSNBC, Omarosa discussed the training she had received regarding keeping track of Trump's documents.
"We got a very big briefing about presidential records and management ... we had been told that if you're with the president and he hands you something ... you have to account for that."
She expressed concern for the people who had to try to account for the former President's papers, especially after he realized that his documents were likely to eventually be made public.
"His habit of tearing these things up ... my heart truly goes out to the people responsible for going in the trash bins [and] recovering these things. But there are certainly things that I'm sure cannot be accounted for because Donald Trump became very very aware that a lot of these sensitive documents would at some point be made public."
Omarosa also said that she worried about what might have been contained in documents that he destroyed, like evidence about the circumstances leading up to the January 6th insurrection attempt.
"[it] makes me worry that there are a lot of documents that may not be accounted for, that there may be documents that can tell the full story about what happened on the days leading up to January 6th for instance, that we may never see or may never come to light."
She even said that she had seen Trump 'chewing' on what he was disposing of.
After Michael Cohen left the office and I walked in to the Oval, Donald — in my view — was chewing what he had just torn up."
She elaborated on the oddity of the situation:
'It was very bizarre because he is a germophobe he never puts paper in his mouth."
You can view Omarosa's full interview about the incident below:
Twitter users were hardly surprised.
Not shocked by this information.— \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Still I Rise! \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\udf0a (@\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Still I Rise! \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\udf0a) 1644340108
Trump knew what he had but will lie they came by mistake, it's more proof of his corruption and abuse of power, Omarosa saw him chewing paper, only a guilty person would destroy important papers, it's against the law and again a crime but he's lawless so it's natural habit— Malcolm Welch (@Malcolm Welch) 1644316368
Some cited Trump's outrage at Hilary Clinton over an email server and compared it to his document handling.
That email server was not such a bad thing after all huh?? Time to stop grading on the curve and call this what it is - a violation of law.— Kevin W. (@Kevin W.) 1644340553
@danielsgoldman Omarosa says she watched trump EAT paper shredded after michel cohen meeting..... if so, surely this is itself an awareness of guilt?— jeannie reed (@jeannie reed) 1644291027
A few people just took the opportunity to get in a bit of humor at Trump's expense.
tRump chewing up documents...wow jut wow. Has he never heard of a shredder??? Maybe he was especially hungry on that day\n\nOmarosa Says Trump Made a 'Habit' of Tearing Up White House Files \u2014 Including One 'Very Bizarre' Scene https://people.com/politics/omarosa-says-trump-had-a-habit-of-tearing-up-files/\u00a0\u2026 #SmartNews— Kathy (@Kathy) 1644334809
This is the most crazy and hilarious thing that I have heard so far today...\nTFG needs to be taken away...— JustMePam (@JustMePam) 1644344730
@Nemeton18 @Life_IsABanquet @emmmlau \nApparently Trump has been known to chew paper so as to get rid of documents. No, not a joke. This was observations of Omarosa (another joke, tho I believe her w/this.)— Bristol Corvid (@Bristol Corvid) 1644290530
Trump's tendency to hand-shred and misplace documents might not be enough to protect him from the consequences of his actions. The National Archives just retrieved 15 boxes of documents that had been improperly taken to Mar-a-Lago.