Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against the GSA to challenge their refusal to disclose to CREW records in response to two separate FOIA requests for documents related to the Trump Old Post Office lease. Read more about our lawsuit here. 

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CREW requests:

  1. Copies of all notes, other recordations, and/or materials generated by or concerning meetings held between individuals representing the Old Post Office Tenant, Trump Old Post Office LLC, and representatives of the General Services Administration (“GSA”) on January 31, March 7, and March 15, 2017. These meetings are referenced in the March 23, 2017 letter from GSA Contracting Officer Kevin Terry to Donald J. Trump, Jr. In addition to any notes or documents generated by these meetings, this request includes, but it not limited to, documents sufficient to identify who attended each of these meetings on behalf of the tenant and GSA.
  2. Unredacted copies of the following material included with GSA’s March 23 letter: (i) the redacted second sentence of the first paragraph in the Summary of Contribution and Distribution Provisions of Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Agreement of Trump Old Post Office LL (“OPO”), and (ii) the nine pages of Exhibit A to the General Summary of Capital Account and Distribution Provisions of The Limited Liability Company Agreements that were redacted in full.
  3. Copies of all prior transfers in February 2016 involving the Old Post Office tenant, as referenced in the December 16, 2016 letter from Trump Old Post Office LLC to GSA.

The opinion of Contracting Officer Kevin Terry that the Trump Organization is in full compliance with its Old Post Office lease with GSA, as set forth in his letter of March 23, has generated a lot of criticism and controversy. Many experts believe that as long as President Trump continues to be a beneficiary of the lease, he is in violation of its express terms. The requested records would shed light on what forces may have been brought to bear on Mr. Terry’s decision and would provide a complete factual context for the public’s understanding of why President Trump may, consistent with the lease, remain a beneficiary of that lease.

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