What a Week!

Lindsay Chervinsky, Ph.D.
2 min readFeb 10, 2022


This week has been an epic one! I started the week by offering some historical insight for the recent news stories about former President Trump’s destruction of presidential records. Here are those stories:

National Archives had to retrieve Trump White House records from Mar-a-Lago,The Washington Post, February 7, 2022.

‘He never stopped ripping things up’: Inside Trump’s relentless document destruction habits,” The Washington Post, February 5, 2022.

Around the same time, I wrote an op-ed for NBC Think about Trump’s coordinated effort to avoid accountability and transparency:

Trump ripping up White House docs shows what little respect he had for the presidency,NBC News THINK, February 7, 2022.

All of these stories led to a few TV hits, including CNN as pictured above and Newsy!

I also released the paperback of my book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.

My dog, John Quincy Dog Adams (Quincy for short) with the paperback!

Then I wrote a few other pieces on the cabinet. First, for History News Network, I analyzed Washington’s creation of the cabinet and how his successors learned from his precedent:

George Washington and the Legacy of the Flexible Cabinet,” February 7, 2022.

And for Divided We Fall, I considered President Biden’s cabinet one year later:

“President Biden’s Cabinet One Year Later,” February 3, 2022.

Thanks for reading and following along!