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The ways of the FBI FOIA archive are mysterious indeed -- the site regularly posts to the interwebs old documents that have been requested in Freedom of Information Act cases, but as you may recall from the kerfuffle over the Bureau's release of documents calling Fred Trump a philanthropist and detailing the FBI's investigation of Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich -- a week before the election -- sometimes the timing seems a little too perfect. Remember those WTF Tweets?

At the time, the FBI promised to investigate the FBI Records Vault Twitter account and make sure everything was on the up-and-up, and they released a statement explaining how the system was supposed to work:

The FBI’s Records Management Division receives thousands of FOIA requests annually which are processed on a first in, first out (FIFO) basis. By law, FOIA materials that have been requested three or more times are posted electronically to the FBI’s public reading room shortly after they are processed. Per the standard procedure for FOIA, these materials became available for release and were posted automatically and electronically to the FBI’s public reading room in accordance with the law and established procedures.

So it was pure coincidence that some FOIA requests happened to result in the FBI Archive posting documents that might be of interest during the election. Besides, they also posted Nikola Tesla’s FBI file at the same time, so clearly that wasn't politically motivated, right?

Or who knows -- maybe the FBI Archive Computer is an early version of an Ironic Timing AI. Because wouldn't you know it, as Donald Trump's relationship with the Intelligence Community has gotten a lot less friendly in recent days, the FBI Archive happened to post a whole trove of documentation from the Justice Department's investigation of racial discrimination complaints against the Trump Management Company in the early 1970s. There are nearly 400 pages, many of them barely legible (if at all), but some of them are fine examples of how Fred Trump (oh right, and also his son!) tried to skirt equal housing laws, which after all are only burdensome government regulations designed to keep entrepreneurs from making a profit.

Consider this excerpt from an interview with a doorman at a Trump building in 1974:

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 ex-doorman said.

As we've discussed before, Donald Trump made a point in the campaign debates of reminding everyone that when the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division sued the Trump Management Company for discrimination in 1973 (and again in 1982, for failing to follow the consent decree that closed out the 1973 case), the company eventually reached a settlement that allowed them to close the case while admitting no wrongdoing, so what's the big deal? The big deal is found in the accounts of testers from the National Urban league, which sent prospective black renters to inquire about apartments advertised as available, only to be told there were no vacancies. Then a white applicant would go to the same place, be shown an apartment, and put down a deposit, as we see in this excerpt from a 1968 New York City Commission on Human Rights case:

And then there was the statement from a former employee who said that Fred Trump warned him “it was absolutely against the law to discriminate” -- but nonetheless later made it clear to the employee “he also wanted to get rid of the blacks that were in the building.”

Not everything in the dossier is quite so entertaining -- some of it is so poorly copied you can't even read it, and there are a lot of pages of standard lease forms and similarly thrilling background documentation -- but it's worth a look, and worth bookmarking for the next time somebody on Fox wonders why black people don't give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.

You sort of have to wonder what that FBI records computer is going to spit up next. Oh, and Donald, remember, the Records Vault webpage is required to post this stuff by law -- you can't shut it down.

[FBI Records Vault / Politico / WaPo]

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Nancy Pelosi is making news again today after her weekly press conference, mostly because she said this about yesterday's nutbag performance from President Stable Genius:

[T]his time, another temper tantrum — again — I pray for the President Of The United States. I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

She prays for him. And she's just kind of suggesting that maybe the president is unwell, in his brain. She's being very subtle!

When Glenn Thrush asked afterward what kind of "intervention" she might be talking about, she suggested that Article 25 would be just fine.

But many folks out there right now are saying "BUT WHAT ABOUT INPEACH! They are not going to do an intervention, because the intervention is called INPEACH!" (They are taking her words very literally, it would seem.) Every other damn day lately, there is news about how "NANCY SAID INPEACH IS BAD" or "NANCY SAID TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS SELF-INPEACH-ATORY, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, NANCY!" and whatever else, we don't know, because we have muted all of Twitter until further notice. (Here is some news about the House Democrats' weekly meeting yesterday, most of which was about Democrats yelling INPEACH! while Nancy Pelosi gave them cold showers.)

Here's the thing:

In today's presser, Pelosi was clearer than ever about her feelings on impeachment -- she doesn't like it, and she'd really hate for the nation to get to a place where that's inevitable, she is just saying it would be truly terrible for them to have to do that -- but they might just be FORCED to go there. And wouldn't that be just terrible? Nancy Pelosi is praying about that just like she is praying for Trump, under a big oak tree that casts all the shade she threw at Donald Trump for her entire fucking presser.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Remember Paul Manafort? He's still in jail, don't worry. But it looks like he might be getting some company soon from his old pal Stephen Calk, who just got indicted today by the Southern District of New York.

Calk was a simple CEO and COB at the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, but he had big dreams. He'd been an army pilot and a money guy, so he figured he was competent to be either Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of Army. He'd take Commerce or HUD, or even a cool ambassadorship to France, or the UK, or the UN -- he wasn't picky. Just any old position befitting a guy who is 100 percent going to be played by Michael McKean in the movie version of this nightmare.

Luckily Calk knew a guy on the inside. Sure that guy had recently been You're Fired from the Trump campaign for ratfucking the Ukrainian election, but Paul Manafort was still waving his bits all over Trumpland in the summer and fall of 2016, so Paul Manafort had the hookup that Calk needed. Luckily, Calk had what Manafort needed, which was MONEY. Manafort's fountain of untaxed cash had dried up since the Ukrainians gave his guy Viktor Yanukovych the boot, and he was in danger of losing multiple investment properties to foreclosure. So naturally Calk stepped up to the plate with $15 million in loans to keep the wolves at bay, because what are friends with more political ambition than scruple for, right?

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