FBI Says Documents Pertaining To Robert Trump May Have Been Destroyed

A journalist who sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI regarding President Donald Trump’s brother Robert says he got a response in “record time” — and the response was that the documents can’t be found and may have been destroyed.

Robert Trump records destroyed says fbi
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump (R) hugs his brother Robert Trump after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As RawStory reports, the lawsuit attempting to prevent the publication of Mary Trump’s book was filed in Robert Trump’s name. Mary, the niece of Donald and Robert (daughter of their brother Fred) centered her book around Donald Trump’s relationship with his parents, and how she, as a licensed clinical psychologist, believes it made him the man he is today.

Though Donald Trump has sued to prevent the publication of other books about him, such as John Bolton’s, and although Mary’s book primarily paints an unflattering picture of the president, the lawsuit pitts Robert Trump, rather than Donald, against her. Robert Trump had been ill, and according to the Daily Beast, spent ten days in the ICU around the time the lawsuit was filed. He passed away earlier this month.

Jason Leopold, an investigative reporter whose Twitter bio describes him as “FOIA terrorist,” filed a request with the FBI for documents pertaining to Robert Trump. He says he was answered quite quickly.

Records potentially responsive to your request were destroyed. Since this material could not be reviewed, it is not known if it was responsive to your request.

It’s not clear exactly what records the FBI might have had pertaining to the president’s brother. Donald Trump visited Robert in the hospital on August 14th, just before he passed away the following day.

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