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Inside the Documents: Ben Carson Jr’s HUD Emails

The documents we obtained revealed how Ben Jr. used his special access to play matchmaker between his business contacts in the city and his powerful father.
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American Oversight Demands Records of Trump Family Separation Policy

June 20, 2018
American Oversight today launched a broad investigation into the Trump administration's policy of separating families and detaining children of immigrants arrested while attempting to enter the United States.

American Oversight and CREW Request Trump Stop Destroying Presidential Records

June 14, 2018
Following reports that President Trump has a habit of ripping up presidential documents including memos, letters, and notes, and that the White House fired the staffers who had been tasked with taping them back together, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and American Oversight called on the Trump Administration to fully comply with the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and preserve all presidential records.

USTR Emails Reveal Tensions, Inconsistencies in Trump Administration’s NAFTA Strategy

June 6, 2018
Emails obtained by American Oversight show that in a hasty attempt to scrap and replace NAFTA, USTR and the administration alienated stakeholders, rushed through processes for soliciting comment, and even held contradictory public positions.

New Lawsuit: Why Did CBP Use the Hashtag #CatchOfTheDay?

June 6, 2018
In October 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tweeted a photo of four undocumented men who were arrested by the agency and captioned it with the hashtag “#CatchOfTheDay,” a phrase typically used to describe freshly caught fish.

Current Litigation – Enforcing Our Right to Public Information

June 6, 2018
American Oversight has filed over 40 lawsuits against the Trump administration, suing to enforce our own requests for information as well as representing other plaintiffs.

Emails Show Insider Access for Steel Industry Lobbyists Tied to Lighthizer

May 31, 2018
Emails obtained by American Oversight through a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered a friendly relationship between U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officials and lobbyists representing the steel industry.

Watchdog Sues for Emails Between DOT Secretary Chao and Senator Mitch McConnell

May 31, 2018
American Oversight today filed a lawsuit to obtain emails and other communications between the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

Did Zinke Exempt Florida from Offshore Drilling to Help GOP? Watchdog Sues to Find Out

May 24, 2018
American Oversight today sued the Department of the Interior (DOI) to shed light on its decision to exempt Florida from its offshore drilling plan. American Oversight’s suit seeks emails and other records related to offshore drilling in 14 coastal states including Florida.

Investigation Update: Trump’s Cabinet Spending on Office Upgrades

May 23, 2018
Pruitt and Carson might not be the only appointees with costly spending habits. American Oversight has been investigating office renovation spending by senior officials across the Trump administration. Last November, we filed FOIA requests with 23 agencies seeking renovation records and we later filed a lawsuit against 16 agencies in order to demand the release of those documents.