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Trump Reportedly Requested Official Photos of His Inauguration Have 'Empty Areas' Cropped Out
Left, President Obama's inauguration crowd; right, President Trump's inauguration crowd
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September 06, 2018 03:32 PM
A photographer employed by the U.S. government allegedly edited — at President Donald Trump‘s request — official inauguration photos so the number of attendees would appear greater, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
According to documents obtained by the outlet — investigative reports compiled by the inspector general of the Department of the Interior — the president, 72, was allegedly displeased that his crowd appeared smaller than the one at former President Barack Obama‘s 2009 inauguration.
The documents outline that Trump and then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer both called the National Park Service the morning after the former’s Jan. 20, 2017 swearing-in to request more flattering photos, the Guardian said. Trump allegedly spoke with the acting NPS director at the time, Michael Reynolds, and multiple officials reported being called by Spicer.
The report also referred to an unnamed NPS official who allegedly spoke with Reynolds after his call with Trump and “got the impression that President Trump wanted to see pictures that appeared to depict more spectators in the crowd.” She said she “assumed” the photos “needed to be cropped” because they showed “a lot of empty areas,” the Guardian reported.
According to the outlet, the NPS official then got in touch with the photographer who covered the inauguration.
An aerial view of Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. 2017
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The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
An aerial view of Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. 2017
National Park Service
The investigation also includes the unnamed NPS photographer’s point of view. He said an NPS official asked him for “any photographs that showed the inauguration crowd sizes” and that he was asked to “edit a few more” despite having already filed 25 photos, the Guardian reported. He reportedly told investigators that he cropped out the sky and “the bottom where the crowd ended” to make the images “look more symmetrical” and “to show that there had been more of a crowd.”
While the photographer stated that he had not be “specifically asked” to crop the photos, he believed that’s what the official “had wanted him to do.” According to the outlet, he added that “he selected a number of photos, based on his professional judgment, that concentrated on the area of the National Mall where most of the crowd was standing.”
The records didn’t clarify which photos were edited and if they were shared with the public, the Guardian reported.
The NPS did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The inspector general first investigated the NPS’s “questionable actions” during the 2017 inauguration in a report published in June that year. But it did not address the editing because the photographer told the inspector general that cropping is “standard artistic practice,” a spokesperson told the Guardian.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE, the inspector general of the Department of the Interior said, “As indicated in the Investigative Activity Report (IRA) that was recently reported on, the photographer said he ‘edited… by cropping’ several photographs. We did not provide the additional detail about ‘cropping’ because he explained to our investigator that it is his standard artistic practice to crop crowd photos in this manner.”
Continued the statement, “He further stated that he was not directed to crop the photos by anyone. Thus, his actions did not support any of the allegations.”
Speaking at CIA headquarters the day after the inauguration, Trump blasted the media for allegedly understating the size of his inaugural crowds.
“We had a massive field of people, you saw that. Packed,” Trump said. “I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks and they show … an empty field. I said, wait a minute, I made a speech! I looked out, the field was … it looked like a million, a million-and-a-half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.”
Trump also tweeted a photo showing large crowds swarming the National Mall. However, the date on the image is written as they day after Trump’s swearing in.
Soon after the swearing-in, Spicer also disputed reports on the inauguration crowd sizes, accusing the media of “deliberately” deflating the number of people in attendance — and later drew harsh criticism for his own claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”
During the press conference, Spicer made misstatements regarding D.C. Metro ridership on Trump’s Inauguration Day, citing figures that contradicted those reported by the D.C. metro authority itself and insisting that Metro ridership was higher for Trump’s inauguration than for former President Obama’s.
The Washington-area transit authority reported that 193,000 people rode the Metro on the morning of Trump’s inauguration, significantly fewer than the past two inaugurations and slightly fewer than President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2005.
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Trump will undoubtedly face impeachment, says Watergate attorney
An attorney for Richard Nixon's top adviser in the Watergate scandal says he's watching history repeat itself under Donald Trump
Andrew Hall watched from within the courtroom as four of Richard Nixon’s top advisers were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate coverup.
He had been hired as counsel by John D Ehrlichman, the former president’s senior adviser for domestic affairs, who was convictedof conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury. Ehrlichman created “The Plumbers”, a covert special investigations unit inside of the White House that began conducting illegal operations under his watch, leading to one of America’s most extraordinary political scandals.
Now, Mr Hall says he’s watching history repeat itself, with Donald Trump and his associates awaiting a similar fate in the days and weeks ahead.
“The coverup is always worse than the crime,” the attorney said in an interview with The Independent. “And this one is very shady. We have a sitting president who will undoubtedly be impeached.”
Explosive reports from inside the White House have recently arrived in the form of an anonymous New York Times op-ed penned by a senior administration official, as well as a 448-page book by Bob Woodward, one of the journalists famous for exposing critical information in the Watergate scandal.
reportedly swiping documents from his desk. Several have allegedly formed a “steady resistance” to thwart his worst inclinations.
Meanwhile, the underlying question of whether or not Mr Trump’s campaign conspired with Russian officials to impact the 2016 election remains at the heart of a federal investigation spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller, who, aping Mr Nixon, the president has threatened to fire.
In a scene from Mr Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House, the president’s former attorney John Dowd told Mr Mueller he worried the president would perjure himself after conducting a mock cross-examination.
The White House has denied the practice examination took place while pushing back on Mr Woodward’s new book. However, if it did in fact take place, it may very well have been the smartest decision the president’s attorneys made, according to Mr Hall.
“The idea to prepare a witness in and of itself is a good idea, but the fact that he’s incapable of being truthful throughout the entire exam is pretty scary,” he said. “It raises a whole lot of issues. If a lawyer knows his client is not telling the truth, he can’t sit by and let that happen, he can’t participate and he must disassociate himself with that activity … otherwise, they lose their licence for facilitating perjury.”
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Mr Woodward, who exposed major gaps in Ehrlichman’s story and other crucial information in the Watergate scandal, can certainly be expected to deliver more bombshells when his book hits shelves next week.
Some of those revelations could lead to Mr Trump’s impeachment – an historic event that will “undoubtedly” occur in the president’s first term, according to Mr Hall.
“The November elections have an enormous impact on how this plays out,” he said. “If the Democrats take the Senate, or enough Republicans switch over, there will be a successful impeachment.”
Still, the attorney doesn’t foresee impeachment proceedings removing Mr Trump from office. “He will resign,” Mr Hall said in the event of impeachment proceedings beginning after the 2018 midterm elections.
However, the end of the Trump presidency doesn’t mark the end of his associates’ legal troubles, just like that of Mr Nixon’s tenure.
In fact, those who remain in the president’s inner circle could soon find themselves in even greater jeopardy if Mr Trump were to lie to the special counsel.
“Rudy Giuliani is in worse trouble if the president lies to Mueller,” Mr Hall said. “Giuliani can be indicted. The president cannot while sitting.”
Mr Mueller’s office reportedly agreed to a small concession in its ongoing probe, allowing the president to provide written answers to questions about whether his campaign conspired to work with Russian officials throughout the election.
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In the event that Mr Trump provides those written statements to the special counsel’s office, it’s likely his attorneys would take part in drafting the answers. “If it ends up where someone made a change to his statements which is not truthful, it’s deception, which is illegal. Then you have a false statement to agents.”
Already, several associates to Mr Trump have faced a bevy of convictions, from his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to his longtime attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen. The president has suggested he would be willing to pardon Manafort, and possibly other aides who refuse to cooperate with investigators.
Whether or not he follows through with pardoning his associates appears to be the one event Mr Hall cannot predict.
In Mr Nixon’s case, the former president promised his aides pardons, before eventually reneging that vow.
“Trump may pardon them as his final act,” he said. “In Watergate, Nixon’s top advisers – all of them – were facing jail time. In this case, I think the president’s top advisers will, too. And they should. If you are a top adviser to the president you should know better.”