According to thousands of pages of court filings published by BuzzFeed, Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyers had such an issue with him “constantly lying,” that they created a rule that said they had to meet with him with at least one other person present.
The documents were from three of Trump’s bankruptcies during the early 90s. Several pages revealing some inside info from Trump’s lawyers were highlighted, showing the strategies they had in place to circumvent his continuous lying.
The documents provide a glimpse into Trump’s business tactics. “He was a brutal and ruthless negotiator,” Bryant Simon, professor at Temple University and author ofBoardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America, told theWashington Post. “People paid the price.”
The Post reported that, in the Taj Mahal Casino bankruptcy, large institutions took the biggest losses, but “many small-time investors who had bought the bonds, directly or through retirement funds, also suffered losses … so did the small-business owners who sold Trump paint, equipment, food, limousine services, and much more. Many were eventually paid only a fraction of what they were due.”
In one document, bankruptcy lawyer George Miller says that when meeting with Trump, “it’s always been our practice to make sure that two people are present, and we don’t have a problem with people lying.”
In depo for Trump Plaza bankruptcy case, Trump's own lawyer testifies they often met with him in pairs because Trump lies so much. pic.twitter.com/TdEkdf4ZiB
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 6, 2016
Presumably, having two people present would prevent Trump from telling one story to one person while telling a different one to another.
Miller calls Trump “an expert at interpreting things. Let’s put it that way.”
“We tried to [meet in pairs] with Donald always if we could because Donald says certain things and then has a lack of memory,” he says according to the docs.