Donald Trump's companies have destroyed or hidden thousands of emails and other documents, including those relevant to lawsuits, <em>Newsweek</em> reports.
In one case, when Trump claimed he had been swindled out of two Florida casinos, lawyers demanded evidence of his claim. A year after the case began in 2005, Trump Hotels had only produced a single box of documents, many of them irrelevant; none were the digital files the defendants had requested. The company said no relevant emails had ever been saved on its servers.
Trump has lately started attacking Hillary Clinton's email scandal, particularly her deletion of thousands of emails, as "the biggest scandal since Watergate." Yet the Newsweek report claims Trump has been doing what he has attacked Clinton for.
The first instance
The first instance of this on record was in 1973, when Trump and his real estate company was charged with denying apartments to African American tenets. He used a technicality to claim the government had not given him due notice of the charges, dragging out the lawsuit.
That case ultimately ended with a civil settlement and no admission of guilt. Trump's company was found discriminating to future renters again in 1978 and filed another settlement.
Trump has also been harshly critical of Clinton deleting emails beyond recovery.
However, Newsweek reports Trump companies wiped corporate computers clean every year since 2003 without checking if documents were relevant to lawsuits.
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