The team that tapes Donald Trump's papers back together for legal preservation

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Politico reports that Trump rips up papers or tosses them on the floor, which some people described as the president's "filing system", leaving aides in the White House with the task of cleaning up the papers to make sure he did not violate the law, which requires the preservation of memos, letters, emails, and papers.

While this hardly ranks high on the list of this President's violations of our norms and laws, it's among the most freakish.

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Solomon Lartey, who had almost 30 years' experience as a government official, said he and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and piece them together "like a jigsaw puzzle".

Lartey said he was just a few years away from his retiring with full benefits when the Trump administration fired him. Their daily task involved putting together several pieces of torn or shredded paper using a Scotch tape.

Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., another records analyst, were "abruptly terminated" from their jobs earlier this spring Politco reports. "It was the craziest thing ever". "I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?' We're making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this".

Lartey told Politico that the documents they had to piece back together included memos, letters and sometimes even newspaper clippings.

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Trump ripped the papers into tiny pieces, say former staffers.

Mr Lartey has worked for other presidents but said he has never had to do anything similar.

As to why Trump was tearing up the documents in the first place, that - according to Lartey - remains a mystery.

"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", he said.

'It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans'. I was going to retire. He had never had to tape the president's papers back together again.

But it has led to experienced officials with significant salaries sorting through piles of notes and taping them up, Politico reported.

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