CREW has appealed the determination by the United States Secret Service for records concerning the FOIA below.  The failure of the Secret Service to locate any responsive records is clearly the result of a patently unreasonable search and accordingly the Secret Service must be directed to initiate a new search.

Read the appeal here.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner reportedly traveled to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey for the first night of Passover earlier this month, despite government health guidance advising against unnecessary travel to slow the spread of coronavirus. Trump and Kushner’s decision to travel anyways meant that government resources were used to transport them and Secret Service agents protected them during their travel.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are deeply involved with the government’s response to coronavirus, and Kushner even leads a “shadow” task force on the pandemic. If anyone should be following public health guidance it is high level government officials like Kushner and Trump who are asking the public to heed their warnings to slow the spread of coronavirus. Yet they chose to ignore that guidance, and put others at risk in the process. 

CREW requested records on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s trip to Bedminster, including the cost of the trip to the Secret Service, and the number of agents involved in the detail.

While there is nothing wrong with the daughter or son of a president receiving protection from the Secret Service, it is fair for taxpayers to demand answers on certain activities. If the American people are footing the bill for President Trump’s adult daughter to be protected during ill-advised travel during a pandemic, they deserve to know the full cost, and how many agents were put at higher risk as a result of the travel.

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