Hundreds of FBI documents detailing the investigation into whether Donald Trump’s real estate company racially discriminated against people in the 1970s – while his father, Fred, was in charge.
Included in the 389 page file published online by the FBI on its Freedom of Information Act website on Wednesday are details on interviews carried out by investigators during the probe that ran from 1972 to 1974.
The files show agents spoke to tenants, management and employees – as they were trying to determine whether it was made harder for minorities to rent from the Trump Management Company.
One of the interviews, which was conducted with an employee of Fred Trump’s, detailed how the president’s father allegedly ‘wanted to get rid of the blacks that were in the building’.
Hundreds of FBI documents detailing the investigation into whether Donald Trump’s real estate company racially discriminated against people in the 1970s while his father, Fred, was in charge. Donald and Fred Trump are pictured together in 1992
Fred and Donald Trump are seen at Trump Village in January 1973 – which was linked to the alleged discrimination
‘I asked Fred Trump what his policy was regarding minorities and he said it was absolutely against the law to discriminate,’ the interview stars, before taking a turn.
‘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.’
Included in the 389 page file published online by the FBI on its Freedom of Information Act website on Wednesday are details on interviews carried out by investigators during the probe that ran from 1972 to 1974 into Fred and Donald Trump’s company
Another interview was conducted with a former doorman at a Trump building in Brooklyn in 1974.
The man said 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 files also contained cease and desist orders that alleged discriminatory practices were taking place, and a ruling from the New York State Human Rights Commission.
The HRC letter read: ‘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.’
Three of the pages included in the document that contained allegations of racial discrimination are seen above
Another interview with a former tenant supported the Trumps against the allegations of discrimination.
‘It was obvious that she had not been discriminated against since she, in fact, a Negro female, had been rented an apartment,’ one tenant told investigators.
Many of the pages are hard to read, and countless more have been heavily redacted.
A discrimination lawsuit was filed against Trump Management Company, Donald Trump and Fred Trump in October 1973 that alleged African-Americans and Puerto Ricans were systematically excluded from apartments.
Trump denied any race-based discrimination took place, however in his own book in 1987 he said certain types of tenants were avoided