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Trump companies destroyed emails and other documents judges ordered him to turn over: report

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Donald Trump has slammed Hillary Clinton for deleting more than 30,000 emails from her personal server — but the Republican presidential nominee’s companies have systematically destroyed records sought by his opponents in lawsuits.

Court filings, judicial orders and affidavits show Trump’s employees destroyed or hid thousands of emails, digital records and other documents demanded as part of official proceedings, reported Kurt Eichenwald for Newsweek.

Some of the destruction violated court orders, and the tactic often forced contractors, former business partners and others entangled in lawsuits with Trump to “spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records,” Eichenwald reported.

Trump tells his supporters that Clinton engaged in similar tactics to destroy government documents, and his claims are frequently met with chants of “lock her up.”

The real estate developer employed that strategy — “deny, impede and delay, while destroying documents the court had ordered them to hand over” — dating back to 1973, when Trump and his father battled the federal government over racist housing discrimination claims.

Trump has fed misleading information to reporters about his lawsuits, threatened libel lawsuits against his critics and lied during sworn statements, Eichenwald reported.

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The review showed Trump had disregarded rules and abused the judicial system for decades — which Eichenwald said explained much of his behavior since announcing his White House bid.

“He promised to turn over his tax returns and his health records — just as he promised to comply with document discovery requirements in so many lawsuits — then reneged,” Eichenwald wrote. “As a result, he has left a sparse evidentiary trail that can be used to assess his wealth, his qualifications for the presidency or even his fitness.”

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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