In 2006, when a judge ordered Donald Trump's casino operation to hand over several years' worth of emails, the answer surprised him: The Trump Organization routinely erased emails and had no records from 1996 to 2001. The defendants in a case that Trump brought said this amounted to destruction of evidence, a charge never resolved.
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,” he said, according to transcripts obtained by USA TODAY. “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.”
Now, a decade later, Trump regularly hammers Hillary Clinton, the
presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for using her own email
server while she was secretary of State and deleting emails from that
server that she deemed to be private. In a war of tweets with Clinton a
week ago, Trump wrote, “And where are your 33,000 emails that you
deleted?” On the CBS News program Face the Nationearlier this month, Trump said, "What she did is a criminal situation. She wasn't supposed to do that with the server and the emails."
The Trump campaign and his lawyers have not responded to requests for comment on this story. (Full Story at USA Today)