In a stunning move that seemed to come from nowhere, the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to release files from four decades ago involving an investigation into possible housing discrimination by President Donald Trump’s father.
According to The Daily Caller, the files date from between 1972 and 1974, when Fred Trump’s Trump Management Company allegedly discriminated against potential tenants based on the basis of race.
The case was settled in 1975, with Fred Trump agreeing to admit more minority applicants while denying any wrongdoing. In spite of the fact that Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the investigation, the lawsuit was frequently reported by Democrats over the course of the campaign as proof that Trump was racist.
The FBI Records Vault announced the release on Twitter on Thursday.
Trump Management Company: This release consists of FBI materials on an investigation conducted between 1972 and 1… https://t.co/v7Zk34pUeL
— FBI Records Vault (@FBIRecordsVault) February 15, 2017
This isn’t the first time that the FBI has dumped records about Fred Trump at a dubiously opportunistic moment. Just before the election, the same records vault Twitter account published, after a year of inactivity, other files related to Fred Trump. A few days later, it published files relating to Bill Clinton’s controversial pardoning of billionaire financier Marc Rich on his way out of office in 2001.
Guess which one Democrats complained about?
Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd.
Will FBI be posting docs on Trump’s housing discrimination in ’70s?https://t.co/uJMMzX6rtI
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 1, 2016
That’s Brian Fallon, a Hillary spokesman. As it turns out, the files mention nothing about Donald Trump, meaning he was entirely unimplicated in the 43-year-old investigation.
Yet, check out the headlines from this:
- Donald Trump’s father Fred ‘tried to stop black people renting his properties’, FBI dossier claims, The Evening Standard.
- Donald Trump’s father ‘told staff’ to ‘get rid of blacks’ when running property firm with his son, FBI dossier claims, The Independent
- “Fred Trump Told Me Not to Rent to Blacks”: Horror Stories From the FBI’s 1970s Investigation into Racism at Trump Apartments, Spin
That’s right, Spin — a music publication more accustomed to publishing Chuck Klosterman’s overambitious screeds about cocaine and “advancement theory” — is clutching its pearls over an FBI document dump involving Donald Trump’s dad, who died almost 20 years ago.
At least Spin didn’t put Donald Trump’s name first in the headline like the other two sources did, even though the president had absolutely no connection to the allegations made by the investigation.
Sadly, this is hardly a surprise. CNN reports that Republicans have called for an investigation into government leaks specifically designed to make the president look bad. This is mostly over the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which saw intercepted calls leaked to the press, possibly by insiders connected to the former administration.
The timing of this is beyond suspicious. It is as if Obama partisans seem bent on doing as much damage as possible to the president before Trump is able to shut off the leaky faucet. And how do they do it? By going after his dead dad. Nice work.
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