Hundreds of FBI documents were released this week pertaining to the investigation into whether or not Donald Trump’s real estate company discriminated against minorities in the 1970s, when his father Fred was in charge of it.
Daily Mail reported that the 389 page file published online by the FBI on its Freedom of Information Act website on Wednesday included details on interviews carried out by investigators during the probe that ran from 1972 to 1974. Agents interviewed tenants, management and employees as they tried to ascertain whether it was made harder for minorities to rent from the Trump Management Company.
An employee of Fred Trump’s told agents that the president’s father allegedly “wanted to get rid of the blacks that were in the building.”
“I asked Fred Trump what his policy was regarding minorities and he said it was absolutely against the law to discriminate,” the employee said. “At a later date during my two weeks at Tysens Park, 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 advised me not to rent to persons on welfare,” he continued.
In 1974, a former doorman at a Trump building in Brooklyn said that a supervisor, “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.”
The FBI files also included cease and desist orders that alleged discriminatory practices were taking place, as well as a ruling from the New York State Human Rights Commission.
“A preliminary study of the tenant selection pattern of Trump Village indicates a pursuit of tenant selection policies and practices which have directly or indirectly created a discriminatory restrictive pattern precluding Negroes and Puerto Ricans, because of their race, color or national origin, from obtaining apartments,” the HRC letter read.
Other interviews supported the Trumps claims that they have not been discriminatory.
“It was obvious that she had not been discriminated against since she, in fact, a Negro female, had been rented an apartment,” one tenant said.
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