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Choi writes: "The FBI made available 389 pages from a 1970s investigation of racial discrimination accusations against Trump Management Company, a real-estate business linked to President Donald Trump at the time."

Donald Trump. (photo: Bill Clark/RollCall)
Donald Trump. (photo: Bill Clark/RollCall)

The FBI Released Hundreds of Pages Related to a 1970s Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Trump

By David Choi, Business Insider

17 February 17


he FBI made available 389 pages from a 1970s investigation of racial discrimination accusations against Trump Management Company, a real-estate business linked to President Donald Trump at the time.

A civil-rights lawsuit brought by the Justice Department against Donald Trump and his father Fred Trump in 1973 claimed that African-Americans and Puerto Ricans were prevented from renting apartments from Trump.

The heavily redacted records of dozens of tenants and employees of Trump Management Company provided an overwhelming amount of information on the matter, however, one statement from a rental supervisor stood out:

"I asked Fred Trump what his policy was regarding minorities and he said it was absolutely against the law to discriminate. At a later time ... Fred Trump told me not to rent to blacks. He also wanted me to get rid of the blacks that were in the building by telling them cheap housing was available for them at only $500 down payment, which Trump would offer to pay himself. Trump didn't tell me where this housing was located."

He also gave this account after a colleague received a black couple's application:

"I thought the black couple would be judged acceptable as tenants based on [employment and weekly salary]. However, [redacted] just told me they're blacks and and that's that. I believe that [redacted] and others working at the rental office used a code on the top of the front page of the application to distinguish blacks from whites."

In a separate report from The Washington Post, the government alleged that Trump employees marked minority applicants with codes, such as “No. 9” or “C” for “colored.”

(A man removes letters from the awning of the former Trump Place in New York, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with Trump.Seth Wenig/AP)

Another interview from a former doorman of a Trump building in Brooklyn provided the following account:

"[Redacted] told me that if a black person came to 2650 Ocean Parkway and inquired about an apartment for rent, and he, that is [redacted] was not there at the time, that I should tell him that the rent was twice as much as it really was, in order that he could not afford the apartment."

Although some of the allegations were damning, the majority of those interviewed in the investigation said they were unaware of discrimination, according to Politico.

Trump eventually filed a $100 million countersuit, accusing the government of defamation, alleging that they were saying “such outrageous lies.” Trump said that although the company wanted to avoid renting to welfare applicants, he'd never discriminated based on race.  

In 1975, Trump agreed to a consent decree, whereby no admission of wrongdoing would be given, however, his management company was ordered to take out ads telling ethnic minorities that they were welcome to seek housing at Trump properties. your social media marketing partner


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+2 # dotlady 2017-02-18 00:05
Pretty much standard behavior in housing during that period, even though the Civil Rights movement had taken place. Not ethical or moral, but not surprising.
+10 # PeacefulGarden 2017-02-18 04:22
Lock Him Up!
Lock Him Up!
Lock Him Up1
+5 # HowardMH 2017-02-18 10:14
Trump waved his $400,000 a year salary. That was just so White of him. Now in a MONTH he has gone to his Mar-a-Lago Estate in Florida THREE Times at a cost to YOU of $3,000,000 EACH Trip for a total of $9 MILLION of your tax dollars just so he can show off his large Investment property on Florida. Also, the cost of being a member at his place has jumped from $100,000 to $200,000. Is Trump making money off of being president – you bet your ass he is and laughing all the way to the bank at YOUR expense.
-1 # vt143 2017-02-18 07:50
So, this makes it clear: the FBI is now vying to become the 4th branch of the government.
0 # HowardMH 2017-02-18 10:08
From Daily KOS Feb 16, 2017: Trump’s unhinged display underscored a letter published in the New York Times Tuesday and signed by 35 physicians and mental health professionals who broke with long-held ethics standards to address Trump's "grave emotional instability." They wrote:
Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.
Here are a couple more headlines from Daily KOS: Retired Ohio judge, a lifelong Republican voter, says enough is enough—'Trump must be impeached'

When an admiral describes taking a top gov't job as 'a sh*t sandwich', you know we've got trouble
+5 # chemtex2611 2017-02-18 11:59
A version of this information was available before the election and was certainly available to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell before the election, if they had asked. This is exactly who they wanted in the White House. They are not poor, ignorant people who were duped; they are smart savvy people who got exactly what they wanted.

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