to flush 10-15 times. He was sort of partially confessing to something he was getting away with, as he sometimes does. We need wonder no longer if this was the result of an all "hamberder" diet: he was flushing evidence.
Well, to be more exact--he allegedly was flushing (periodically) White House documents. What they were evidence of is an open question, but having recently heard about the fifteen boxes of WH documents and oddments taken from Mar-A-Lago, and his propensity for ripping up assorted papers while in the White House, it starts to look like a very definite pattern of deliberate destruction.
Flushing feels evocative of a very intentional and knowing act of destruction.
Sure, you could trick yourself into thinking ripping paper was a kind of personality tic to show he was finished with the business in front of him (and the eating of a document--allegedly--who hasn't wondered what history might taste like? clearly gourmandism is a possibility). Surely, journalists seem to be contorting themselves into thinking about how Trump might have inadvertently and sloppily packed somehow fifteen whole boxes ever so innocently and mistakenly, and maybe even more.
But this doesn't seem to be the case, because apparently, some of the documents recovered were very clearly marked as classified and couldn't have been taken without knowing what they were. And to get really wild, we just learned that there are missing White House phone records from January 6th, in that when we all know Trump was on the phone with people, he might not have been using a White House phone or even his own personal phone. Maybe he was using a burner, like Amy Kremer and Eric Trump were using. Or he very well could have borrowed someone else's phone, but that still suggests he was being very deliberately evasive about leaving a record of who he was contacting or that he was doing so at all.
I get all the folderol about presumed innocence, the benefit of the doubt, and so on, but the fact pattern that has emerged with Trump is that he's always creating space between himself and obvious culpability. It starts to look like there had to be culpability in the first place.
What would have been really great is if Haberman told us about the flushing whenever it was she first heard it--because destroying official documents is an obvious problem (although we already did know about the ripping thing). I guess there is a part of me imagining teams of investigators methodically peeling their way through a fatberg in the DC sewer system in search of sensitive docs (They still could be there! The building of a fatberg takes years!) and a president finally being sunk by his own plumbers.
I write these TrumpWorld Grab-bags in the eternal hope that some combination of scandal and shame will accrue to the obvious unfit former guy, but in lieu of any DOJ action, I am left with mockery. And this is one administration that has definitely ended up in the toilet.