- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

San Francisco’s Ethics Commissioner Quentin Kopp sued the U.S. Secret Service Tuesday after the agency failed to comply with a FOIA request submitted in February.

“There’s been a wholesale use of taxpayer assets by the Trump family led by the President of the United States. It’s almost as if he’s acting in the true form of a crook to take taxpayer money and to use it for private business,” Mr. Kopp said, according to a San Francisco Examiner report.

The lawsuit revolves around a February trip that Donald Trump Jr. took to India regarding the number of Secret Service agents and the cost involved for that protection.

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“Donald Trump, Jr.’s use of tax-payer funded Secret Service for his personal security during private business trips abroad gives the appearance of an intertwining of the presidency of the United States and the Trump Organization,” the lawsuit said.

According to the lawsuit, the Secret Service rejected Mr. Kopp’s FOIA request in May because it was deemed too broad an required a request for specific records. Mr. Kopp argued that it is impossible to meet that requirement and it was a higher standard that FOIA actually required.

Mr. Kopp responded to the Secret Service’s rejection with a 30-day deadline for the information but has not received an answer.

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