As The Washington Post studies (and by Washington Publish, I imply David Fahrenthold), the paperwork had been assembled in response to a public-records lawsuit which the Publish gained earlier this 12 months. In response, the State Division had promised to launch 300 pages on Thursday. As an alternative, they despatched the Publish two (2) pages. On these two pages: “the receipts of a single resort invoice from Trump’s Irish golf course, involving safety for Trump’s daughter-in-law and marketing campaign adviser Lara Trump.”

That single invoice is a slap within the face to each the general public and the entire thought of transparency. It’s additionally a reminder of simply how broad a choice of paperwork the State Division has in the case of Trump. It’s not simply Donald Trump and his huge entourage that racks up six-figure payments each single day they’re parked at considered one of his properties. All the prolonged first household can also be touring on the taxpayer dime, with these dimes usually being channeled proper again house by ensuring they—and their advisors, assistants, and safety personnel—keep at Trump properties.

The State Division additionally usually picks up the tab for international dignitaries when they’re in the USA, and so they additionally in fact pay the invoice when Mike Pompeo or any of the division’s 13,000 workers are on the street. How a lot of that cash goes again to Trump? We merely have no idea.

We do know that Trump by no means misses a chance to pad his personal accounts. The person who went out of his solution to cash a $0.13 check raised room costs in the course of the Republican Conference by 60% … and that was only a digital conference. The costs anybody strolling right into a Trump resort may face appear astoundingly fluid, with costs in December of 2019 capturing as much as 13 times the normal rate, as Trump funneled cash from a marketing campaign occasion to his private accounts. A resort room that usually went for $500, was jacked as much as $6,719 that night time in order that Trump may maximize his take.

How a lot has Trump been taking part in this recreation with authorities guests, charging them past high greenback to maximise revenue from his place? It’s unclear, however primarily based on the contracts between the Trump Organization and the Secret Service, it is clear he’s not giving anybody a reduction. 

The Publish had previously identified $1.2 million in authorities {dollars} that had been largely introduced into Trump lodges by the travels of Ivanka, Don Jr, and Eric. That features $245,000 from the Secret Service alone. However for an correct take a look at simply how a lot Trump is benefiting from the flexibility to inform everybody within the authorities when to journey, the place to remain, and the way a lot to pay, it’ll require extra transparency. Which isn’t forthcoming.

The State Division was supposed at hand over the paperwork in two batches, one on Thursday, with the second batch on Nov. 16 … two weeks after the election.

Apparently the one receipt handed over now counts as the primary “batch.” And when you’re ready to see what’s within the the rest, don’t depend on it arriving in November. Or on every other date.