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The Trump Administration

The 45th President and His Administration

ProPublica’s ongoing coverage of the 45th President and his administration.

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Trump, Inc.

Exploring the Mysteries of the President’s Businesses: Who Profits and at What Cost?

The Travel Ban

The Impact of Trump’s Executive Order

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‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast: Russia, Trump and ‘Alternative Financing’

Why is President Trump so solicitous of Russia? Glenn Simpson has a theory, involving Trump’s businesses.

The Trump Administration Goes to War — With Itself — Over the VA

Even before a searing report put the job of Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin at risk, some White House staffers were pushing a health care agenda at odds with his. The infighting has left vets frustrated, Congress confused — and a key piece of legislation stalemated.

The CFPB’s Declaration of Dependence

Born as a fiercely independent agency meant to protect citizens, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has quickly been subsumed into the Trump administration. Banks, student-loan agencies and payday lenders are the winners.

‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast: Money Laundering and the Trump Taj Mahal

The casino’s money laundering controls were so lacking, regulators found, it amounted to “willful” violations of the law.

‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast Extra: Trump’s Company Is Getting $175 Million Annually in Previously Undisclosed Rent

Forbes reporters tracked down Trump’s many commercial tenants. Among them: a state-owned Chinese bank.

Kushner Companies Decides to Fight Tenants in State Court Rather Than Reveal Its Investors’ Identities

The move follows a federal judge’s ruling in favor of disclosure.

Introducing ‘Trump, Inc.,’ a Podcast on the Many Mysteries of Our President’s Businesses

ProPublica and WNYC are digging into President Trump’s businesses. We’re starting with questions, and we want you to join us in the quest for answers.

NLRB Member Is Under Investigation for a Conflict of Interest

William Emanuel, already criticized for allegedly favoring clients of the corporate law firm he used to work for, now faces a probe by the agency’s inspector general.

New Details Alleged in Scheme to Make Millions Off First Border Wall in Texas

The latest lawsuit filing in Hidalgo County talks of kickback deals worked out over drinks and steak dinners.

What Happened to All the Jobs Trump Promised?

Since the election, President Trump has made 31 specific claims about companies adding or saving American jobs thanks to his intervention. We went back to see what’s become of those announcements.

Judge: Kushner Company Must Reveal Identities of Real Estate Partners

The ruling comes in a class-action lawsuit filed by tenants of Kushner-managed apartment complexes in the Baltimore area.

Trump NLRB Appointee Finds a Way Around Conflict of Interest Rules

William Emanuel has recused himself from ruling on disputes involving his former law firm’s clients — but then used unrelated cases as vehicles to help Republican colleagues accomplish the same thing.

Trump’s Chosen: Who Made It Through A Year In The Whirlwind?

As the first anniversary of the inauguration approaches, we revisit the roster of Cabinet members and key advisors. Who’s in? Who’s gone? Who’s taking flak from the president?

After a Sweet Deal With Dad, Eric Trump Assembles a Valuable Penthouse

The president’s son is combining three apartments overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park — one of them bought at a steep discount from his father — to create 2,400 square feet worth considerably more than he paid.

A Short History of the Brief and Bumpy Life of the Voting Fraud Commission

It never made it to its third meeting, but the friction — and the lawsuits — live on.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Gone, But Scrutiny Will Continue

The president dissolved the commission and indicated that the Department of Homeland Security will continue its mission. Experts say DHS won’t achieve the results he wants — and critics won’t back down.

Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts

“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said one. The administration’s stated reason for the controversial move: protecting civil rights.

Brain Drain At the EPA

Some 300 scientists and environmental protection specialists have departed the agency during the Trump administration.

U.S. Commerce Official Still Holds Stake in Company Linked to Putin Associates

Wendy Teramoto, the agency’s chief of staff, has maintained the investment in the wake of calls for an investigation.

Trump’s Dark Deregulation

Passing legislation and rolling back regulatory rules are hard. There are quieter, easier ways to cut down on governmental oversight. Here are five ways the Trump administration is doing so.

What It’s Like Inside the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback at the EPA

The fate of a rule more than a decade in the making is a microcosm of larger changes afoot.

Lobbying Registration Database Reporting Recipe

We’ve made it easier to sift through thousands of lobbying registration disclosures. Here’s a guide for journalists, researchers and citizens looking for stories in the data.

Trump’s Mining Regulator Nominee Was Once Dropped by the Agency for Doing “Junk” Work

Previously accused of sabotaging the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Steven Gardner is now likely to be its next chief.

The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It took 16 years and more than 1,000 deaths for the Consumer Products Safety Commission to crack down on deadly portable generators. Trump’s appointees could undo that in a matter of months.

Jared Kushner By Day: Mideast Peace. Kushner Companies By Night: Donating to a West Bank Settlement.

While Jared Kushner is working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a controversial West Bank settlement.

White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

The overture follows an intense and secretive lobbying push involving Michael Flynn, Tom Barrack, Rick Gates and even Iran-Contra figure Robert McFarlane.

Extreme Digital Vetting of Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name

ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft, to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity.

Koch Lobbyists and Opus Dei — Who’s Dropping in on Trump Budget Czar Mick Mulvaney?

The influential OMB director’s door is open to corporate and conservative interests, according to logs that the White House fought to keep secret.

Here Are the White House Visitor Records the Trump Administration Didn’t Want You to See

The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of five federal offices working directly for the president even though they were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act. A Washington-based transparency group successfully sued the administration to release the data and provided the documents to ProPublica.

Lawmaker Seeks Records of Lobbyist Contacts with Agriculture Official

A House Democrat wants more information on the contacts and testimony of Rebeckah Adcock, who leads the Department of Agriculture’s deregulation team.

Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report

The Bureau of Indian Affairs official was overseeing a loan program that was in litigation over a loan guarantee he obtained while in private business.

A Wide-Open Door for Pesticide Lobbyists at the Agriculture Department

A former lobbyist for the pesticide industry now leads the deregulatory team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visitor logs show old ties remain strong.

The Tax Plan’s Mega Gift to Some of Trump’s Richest Appointees

The Republican proposal will not only allow them to pass millions (or billions) to their heirs without inheritance taxes, it will also add another benefit on top of that.

Trump Voter Fraud Commission Is Sued — By One of Its Own Commissioners

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap alleges the group’s leadership is violating transparency laws and has excluded him from deliberations.

Your $20 Million Loan Went Bust? The Trump Team Has a Job For You

A government watchdog found irregularities in a loan guarantee arranged by Gavin Clarkson for an Indian tribe. Now Clarkson is in charge of the program that is on the hook for the mess.

Despite Trump Campaign Promise, Billionaires’ Tax Loophole Survives Again

The tax treatment of so-called carried interest wouldn’t change in the overhaul proposed by House Republicans, retaining a big benefit for private-equity and hedge-fund titans.

Administration’s Nominee for CIA Watchdog Allegedly Misled Congress

Complaints by two former CIA employees against Christopher Sharpley are pending, but he testified he was “unaware” of them.

The Best Reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, Of Course, George Papadopoulos

Manafort’s dodgy deals, Gates’ work and Papadopoulos’ emailing with Russian officials — reporters have dug into it all.

Maryland Investigating Kushner Real Estate Practices

The probe by the Maryland attorney general comes after reports by ProPublica, The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun about the firm’s aggressive treatment of tenants.

The Voter Fraud Commission Wants Your Data — But Experts Say They Can’t Keep It Safe

Newly revealed records show sloppy practices that could put millions of people’s information at risk.

Conflict Mounts Inside Voting Fraud Commission in the Wake of Child Porn Arrest

Two commissioners say they were in the dark not only about the arrest of a researcher for the commission — but also about the fact that he was working there in the first place.

Trump’s Mine-Safety Nominee Ran Coal Firm Cited for Illegal Employment Practices

Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions.

The White House Says It Doesn’t Keep a List of Mar-a-Lago Visitors. Experts and Visitors Are Skeptical.

Seven members and guests of Mar-a-Lago say the U.S. Secret Service checks names of visitors.

House Democrats Push for Tougher Oversight of Regulators’ Conflicts of Interest

A bill was introduced following reports by ProPublica and The New York Times that disclosed the industry ties of Trump officials tasked with loosening rules covering the workplace, consumer protection and the environment.

Who’s Really in Charge of the Voting Fraud Commission?

Newly released email data shows two Republican not-yet-members potentially influencing a controversial letter — even as a Democratic member claims he was largely excluded from the process.

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. 

Baltimore’s ‘Kushnerville’ Tenants File Class Action Against Landlord

Tenants allege that a property management firm controlled by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s real-estate company has unjustly charged them fees and threatened eviction to make them pay up.

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Elsewhere. We Couldn’t Find Evidence of Them.

What we found are false starts, fizzled-out partnerships and, often, no signs of deals at all.

Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

Instructions have been lacking, says one commissioner — a sharp contrast with similar groups in the past.

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.

Rethinking the ‘Infrastructure’ Discussion Amid a Blitz of Hurricanes

Several experts on climate and resilience talk about the role of government. “Viewed correctly, sensible safeguards are part of freedom, not a retreat from it.”

How Jeff Sessions Misrepresented the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Military Supplies for Police

The attorney general mischaracterized Obama-era restrictions while citing a study that actually says new computers reduce crime more than heavy weapons do.

Lifting the Veil on Another Batch of Shadowy Trump Appointees

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. “The swamp continues,” says a Trump campaign official who is now a lobbyist.

Update: Trump’s Secret Appointees

Here’s another shadowy batch of officials the Trump administration has quietly deployed across the government.

Are You an Immigrant Protected by DACA? We Want to Hear From You.

As President Trump mulls whether to end a program that granted 800,000 young people a reprieve from deportation, ProPublica is asking those who will be affected by his decision to tell us their stories.

Trump’s Pardon Aside, Reporters Have Built Long Rap Sheet Against Sheriff Joe

Trump hailed Joe Arpaio’s “admirable service” in Arizona. There’s more to his career than that.

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels

The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s effort to expand coal mining and gas pipelines.

Is Anybody Home at HUD?

A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek Kushner Company Records on Maryland Apartments

Democrats from the state’s congressional delegation say articles by ProPublica, The New York Times Magazine and The Baltimore Sun raise “very serious and troubling concerns” about whether Kushner’s businesses comply with federal housing standards.

The Joe Arpaio I Knew

The former Maricopa County sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement.

Trump Has Broad Power to Block Climate Change Report

Influential advisers press the Trump administration to subject a draft climate change report to a “red team” review that many scientists decry as misplaced.

Secrecy and Suspicion Surround Trump’s Deregulation Teams

ProPublica and The New York Times identify more possible conflicts of interest among appointees, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency from the White House.

To Venezuela, This Week’s Sanctions Are a Joke

President Nicolas Maduro is building his brand of populism by celebrating each time the U.S. punishes officials for abuses.

‘The 100th Nail in the Coffin’ for Integration in Westchester County

The Trump administration ended a yearslong battle over fair housing, but the promise to end segregation was broken long before that.

Border Agency Set to Jumpstart Trump’s Wall in a Texas Wildlife Refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales.

‘How Can You Work ... for a President That Undermines Your Work?’

Internal talking points from Donald Trump’s spy chief reveal tensions between Trump and the intelligence community.

Advocacy Groups Say Senators Should Have One Word for Trump Immigration Pick: ‘No.’

More than 300 immigration advocacy groups urge senators to oppose the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing ProPublica’s scrutiny of his record.

Hotelier-in-Chief: Here Are the Trumps’ New Hotels

Two brothers from the Mississippi Delta, who are working with President Trump’s sons on four new hotels, met the president through Gov. Phil Bryant. One of the brothers has been a campaign donor to Bryant since 2011.

What Robert Mueller Learned From Enron

The patient, sophisticated and very aggressive prosecution of the energy giant could signal how he will handle the Russia investigation.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back, Bitch’

After hearing Rachel Maddow discuss our recent story about Kasowitz, a man emailed the attorney urging him to resign. Kasowitz responded with threats and profanity.

Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One

Colleagues say Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s attorney on the Russia investigation, has struggled with alcohol abuse and engaged in behavior that left employees uncomfortable.

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

We’ve found many appointees with potential conflicts of interest, including two who might personally profit if particular regulations are undone.

Help Us Identify the Officials Helping Trump Roll Back Regulations

In February, President Trump ordered federal agencies to form task forces charged with finding regulations to weaken or eliminate. While the names of appointees to executive-agency task forces are typically made public, some agencies are refusing to reveal who is on their panels

Election Experts See Flaws in Trump Voter Commission’s Plan to Smoke Out Fraud

The commission told ProPublica that states’ voter rolls will be run against federal databases to find potential fraudulent registrations — a move experts say will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud.

Here’s How Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes

Donald Trump sold two condos to Eric in April 2016 at a steep discount. But he doesn’t appear to be on the hook for gift taxes.

Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts of State Voter Data

A commission created by President Donald Trump to enhance confidence in America’s elections has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available.

Is Trump Administration’s Visa Push a Way to Win Health Care Votes?

In directing staffers at the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security to draft a rule increasing the number of guest-worker visas, senior political officials specifically highlighted businesses in Maine and Alaska, home to senators who hold crucial health care votes.

Did Trump Get a Big Tax Refund After 2005?

Donald Trump’s supporters crowed when leaked pages of his 2005 return showed he paid a hefty amount of taxes. But the returns for the following years, which remain secret, likely include some hefty refunds of that payment.

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government

Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations.

Democratic Congress Members Raise Alarm About Security at Trump Properties

After ProPublica found security holes in networks at Trump properties, two dozen House members ask White House counsel to intervene, saying “these networks may already be stolen and the systems may already be compromised.”

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s lawyer in the Russia investigation, has bragged he was behind the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Trump’s Not the Only One Blocking Constituents on Twitter

As elected officials increasingly turn to social media to communicate with constituents, some are blocking those who disagree with them. Some say it violates the First Amendment. Legislators say it’s about promoting a “healthy, civil dialogue.” Expect court battles ahead.

For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

Economic forces at work beyond the reach of the global climate agreement present their own enduring challenges.

He Was About To Pick Up His Newborn Son After Surgery When He Was Arrested By ICE

The case of Oscar Millan shows ICE’s renewed focus on strict immigration enforcement. Under the Obama administration, agents had discretion in cases of immigrants with gravely sick children.

Tom Price Bought Drug Stocks. Then He Pushed Pharma’s Agenda in Australia.

Before he was named Trump’s health secretary, Price took a congressional trip to Australia and pressed officials to extend protections for drug companies in an international trade agreement.

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks to Slash EPA Science Office

The Office of Research and Development has been at frontlines of virtually every environmental crisis. Trump wants to cut its funding in half.

The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

Trump’s New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees

Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws.

Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not a Scientist

Sam Clovis likely to be named undersecretary of the USDA department that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition.

The Problems With the FBI’s Email Investigation Went Well Beyond Comey

Previously unreported judgments and misjudgments by FBI agents played a crucial role in the FBI director’s fateful decisions.

How We’re Learning To Do Journalism Differently in the Age of Trump

Here are four ideas we’ve used to guide our Trump administration coverage.

You Helped Us Find Hires the White House Never Announced, Including a Koch Brothers Alum

Thanks to your help, we've found many previously unannounced Trump White House hires, including a longtime member of an anti-ACLU group and an ex-Washington Times columnist.

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Students Accused of Sexual Assault

As an upperclassman at The Citadel military college several years ago, Steven Munoz allegedly assaulted five freshmen. His hiring at the State Department raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

Former Director of Anti-Immigration Group Set to Be Named Ombudsman at U.S. Immigration Agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance.

Trump Is Finally Almost Done Resigning From His Businesses

President Trump has nearly finished handing over management of his businesses — nearly 100 days after he promised to do so.

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

In January, the Trump administration quietly dispatched more than 400 temporary employees across the federal government. Now dozens of them are getting permanent jobs.

Trump is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says ‘There’s No Transparency’

In one case, an official working on energy regulation recently lobbied for oil and coal companies — but the White House won't say whether he received an ethics waiver.

DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White

Candice Jackson’s intellectual journey raises questions about how actively she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment of minorities and women.

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