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FBI Releases '70s Trump Housing Discrimination Docs

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Fred Trump in 1987. (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 09:33 PM

An FBI investigation into allegations of racial discrimination against the Trump Management Co. in the 1970s took two years and produced hundreds of documents, with 389 pages released by the government Wednesday, The Hill reported.

The probe of the business run by President Donald Trump's now-deceased father, Fred, ended with the Trumps admitting to no wrongdoing and entering a consent decree with the government where they were required to buy advertisements notifying minorities they had equal opportunities to look for housing at Trump properties, was the subject of a Justice Department lawsuit and plenty of coverage during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Many interviewed by the FBI said they had never encountered discrimination against blacks or Puerto Ricans and they had not seen it happen, either.

But one employee said he had been directed by Fred Trump to "not rent to blacks" and to screen applicants.

"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, during my two weeks at [one Trump building], Fred Trump told me not to rent to blacks," said the unnamed employee, who was fired at a later time.

"[Fred Trump] 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." 

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An FBI investigation into allegations of racial discrimination against the Trump Management Company in the 1970s took two years and produced hundreds of documents, with 389 pages released by the government Wednesday, The Hill reported.
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