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News Round-up: Attorney General Nomination, Family Separation Lawsuits, and Treating Immigrants Like Humans

News round-up of American Oversight's FOIAs, lawsuits, and new records, including records related to Charlottesville, family separation, and references to immigrants detained at the border as #CatchOfTheDay on social media.
Investigation Update

Emails Show Tension Between Administration and Congressional Staff over NAFTA Renegotiation

Records obtained by American Oversight provide a behind-the-scenes look at the administration’s attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including emails rife with miscommunication, poor coordination, and tension between Congress and the Office of the United States Trade Representative
Investigation Update

Assistant Attorney General with Ties to Russian Bank Recused from Mueller Investigation

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s position at the Department of Justice continues to draw scrutiny from both Congress and watchdog groups, as does that of Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who previously represented the Russian entity Alfa Bank and has been screened off from the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.
Investigation Update

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

On Tuesday, American Oversight filed multiple lawsuits regarding the development and implementation of the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
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New Guidance for Federal Employees’ Political Activity Goes Too Far

Updated November 30, 2018. This week, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) circulated troubling new Hatch Act guidance about the type of activity permitted for federal employees.

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