Case Number: 17-2707

Checking Up on Trump’s Claims that Military Experts Told Him to Ban Transgender Troops

January 24, 2019
The Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to ban most transgender people from military service reignited questions over whether any actual military or national security considerations dictated the discriminatory policy.

DOD Records Regarding Recommendations Related to Transgender Policy

October 17, 2018
Department of Defense records in response to our FOIA seeking all advice or analysis related to DoD’s policy regarding the service of transgender individuals in the U.S. military.

DOD Records Regarding Trump’s Tweet Banning Transgender Military Servicemembers

September 14, 2018
Department of Defense records regarding President Trump's tweets on July 26, 2017, announcing that transgender persons were no longer permitted to serve in the military. Records, including communications between 8:55AM and 12:00PM on July 26, 2017, suggest that DOD was caught off-guard by the policy statement of the President.

Complaint: American Oversight v DOD Transgender Policy

December 19, 2017
Complaint in lawsuit against DOD seeking records of whether or not President Trump was advised by military personnel on the transgender military ban.

American Oversight Sues DOD to Uncover Truth Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

December 19, 2017
American Oversight sued the Department of Defense (DOD) in federal court to determine if President Trump was telling the truth when he claimed on Twitter that "generals" had advised him to ban transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces. 

FOIA to DOD Regarding Communications with Military Branches Related to Transgender Ban Decision

November 2, 2017
FOIA to DOD seeking records of communications with various military branches and whether or not they offered recommendations related to the transgender military ban.

FOIA to DOD Regarding Communications Related to Transgender Ban Decision

November 2, 2017
FOIA to DOD seeking records of communications with various upper-level military personnel from a variety of military offices regarding Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban via Twitter.

FOIA Request to DOD Seeking Records Related to the Transgender Ban

July 28, 2017
FOIA to DOD seeking any analyses or recommendations from any general, admiral, or military expert provided to the White House regarding DOD’s policy regarding the service of transgender individuals in the U.S. military.