Current Litigation

American Oversight has filed more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration — suing to enforce our own requests for information as well as representing other plaintiffs. Below is a list of every lawsuit filed by American Oversight along with links to the related complaints, FOIAs, and documents.

Calendars of Senior Officials
American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies (19-3435)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of State for the calendars of senior agency officials — including the calendars of multiple U.S. ambassadors.

Cuccinelli’s Leadership at USCIS
American Oversight v. USCIS (19-3421)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for records related to Ken Cuccinelli’s leadership and performance as acting director. American Oversight is asking for records of leadership changes at the agency as well as Cuccinelli’s ethics documents, approved directives, and communications — including communications with White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller.

Sondland’s Ukraine Communications and Calendar Entries
American Oversight v. State (19-3387)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of State for records of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, including calendar entries, text messages, communications with Rudy Giuliani and his associates, and communications about efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s political opponent, Joe Biden, and members of Biden’s family.

Perdue Emails and Georgia Industry Communications
American Oversight v. USDA (19-3259)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for records of communications with Secretary Sonny Perdue’s family businesses and external agricultural interest groups, including those sent from a personal email account. American Oversight is seeking these records to learn whether Secretary Perdue’s ties to agricultural interest groups have had an impact on his policy decisions.

OMB and DOD Directives and Communications Concerning Ukraine
American Oversight v. OMB and DOD (19-3213)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Defense for directives and communications that may relate to any untoward effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate one of President Trump’s political opponents in an effort to give the president an electoral advantage by withholding aid to Ukraine.

Perry and Brouillette’s Ukraine Records and Communications
American Oversight v. DOE (19-3155)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Energy for Secretary Rick Perry’s communications with high-level Ukraine officials; with outside groups associated with U.S. energy interests in Ukraine; and with particular associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. American Oversight is also seeking the release of records regarding the U.S. delegation, led by Perry, to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration.

Agency Records Regarding Giuliani, Volker, Parnas, and Fruman
American Oversight v. State (19-3058)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of State for emails sent by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or other senior officials referencing President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, or Ukrainian-born businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The lawsuit also seeks the calendars of former Ukraine special representative Kurt Volker and his communications with Giuliani.

Steven Menashi’s Communications and Ethics Documents
American Oversight v. Ed (19-3029)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Education for Steven Menashi’s communications with right-wing groups and with Stephen Miller and other White House officials, and for correspondence specific to the issue of immigration and undocumented students. American Oversight is also seeking records relating to Menashi’s ethics pledge and potential conflicts of interest.

Ukraine Communications with State Department Officials
American Oversight v. State (19-2934)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of State for Rudy Giuliani’s communications with senior department officials as well as any other communications about any attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden or his son. American Oversight also seeks records regarding the recall of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as well as communications between the State Department and President Trump’s personal attorneys Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova.

Communications Regarding Congressional Investigations
American Oversight v. GSA, HUD, Treasury, and Commerce (19-2814)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against four Trump administration agencies — the General Services Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce — for communications from White House officials regarding congressional oversight.

White House Communications Regarding Congressional Oversight
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2813)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Justice for communications from White House officials regarding congressional oversight of the executive branch. American Oversight seeks these records as they may detail efforts by the White House to obstruct congressional investigations.

Jared Kushner’s Delegation to the Middle East
American Oversight v. State (19-2728)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of State for communications regarding Jared Kushner’s diplomatic trips to the Middle East, as well as records concerning a proposed arms deal with Saudi Arabia and legal justification for the use of force against Iran using the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Witness Interviews Regarding Trump’s Potential Campaign Finance Violations
American Oversight v. DOJ and FBI (19-8215)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for records summarizing, memorializing, or recording witness interviews, including those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, in connection with the closed investigation into President Trump’s potential campaign finance violations.

Durham Investigation Directives and Guidance
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2594)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for records of directives and guidance from U.S. Attorney General William Barr to U.S. Attorney John Durham regarding DOJ’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Alex Azar’s Communications with Pharmaceutical Companies
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2577)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Health and Human Services for communications between Secretary Alex Azar and key pharmaceutical corporations, including Azar’s former employer Eli Lilly and Company.

John Durham’s Inquiry into the Russia investigation
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2563)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for records of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s inquiry into the Russia investigation. This investigation was ordered by DOJ following repeated demands from president Trump and his allies in Congress, and has raised serious concerns about the misuse of federal law enforcement for political purposes.

John Huber’s Investigation into Hillary Clinton
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2562)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for records of U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into Hillary Clinton. This investigation was ordered by DOJ following repeated demands from president Trump and his allies in Congress, and has raised serious concerns about the misuse of federal law enforcement for political purposes.

David Bernhardt’s Communications
Western Values Project v. DOI (19-2527)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior for communications between Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and his former clients during his career as a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry.

David Shulkin’s Personal Emails
American Oversight and Democracy Forward v. VA, NARA, Archivist David Ferriero, and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie (19-2519)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight and Democracy Forward against the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Archivist David Ferriero and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for failing to recover and preserve emails former VA Secretary David Shulkin sent from a personal account used to conduct government business with outside advisers.

Federal Employee Free Speech Rights
American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC (19-2322)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 against the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This suit challenges guidance issued by OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used.

Katharine Gorka’s Calendars and Emails
American Oversight v. DHS (19-2395)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for Customs and Border Protection press secretary Katharine Gorka’s calendars and emails. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on Gorka’s ties to known anti-immigrant and anti-muslim groups.

Outside Influence on Federal Housing Policy
American Oversight v. HUD and FHFA (19-2376)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for records reflecting communications with Tom Barrack, Richard LeFrak, and Steven Roth — New York real estate developers and known associates of the Trump family.

Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center Conditions
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-2272)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records concerning how the DOJ and the Bureau of Prisons responded to the inhumane conditions, including dangerously cold temperatures, at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center during January and February of 2019.

Robert Redfield’s Calendars
American Oversight v. HHS and CDC (19-2214)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for calendars of Robert Redfield, director of the CDC.

Mike Pompeo’s Communications 
American Oversight v. CIA and State (19-2169)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency for communications between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and non-governmental entities or groups.

Betsy DeVos’ Personal Emails
American Oversight v. ED (19-2119)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Education seeking emails concerning agency business sent by Secretary Betsy DeVos using a personal account. This complaint was initially filed on July 17, 2019, and amended on August 28, 2019, in light of an inspector general report that found that DeVos had used four separate personal email accounts for government work.

Manuel Miranda and Department of Justice Communications 
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-1949)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking communications between Manuel Miranda and DOJ offices in order to shed light on a scandal associated with Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh.

Treatment of Detainees in ICE, CBP, and DHS Custody
American Oversight v. DHS, ICE, and CBP (19-1901)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection for records to shed light on the treatment of detainees, including transgender and pregnant detainees.

Twin Metals Mining Lease
American Oversight v. DOI and USDA (19-1857)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service seeking records related to the Twin Metals mining lease granted to Antofagasta in the Boundary Waters wilderness.

Conditions in Detention Centers
American Oversight v. DHS, CBP, and ICE (19-1817)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against DHS, ICE, and CBP to shed light on conditions in migrant detention centers, as well as records related to various migrant children who died in U.S. custody.

Trump and Putin Meeting Notes
American Oversight and Democracy Forward v. State et. al. (19-1773)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight and Democracy Forward Foundation against the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the National Archives, and Archivist David Ferriero under the Federal Records Act to compel the defendants to preserve and recover any records of meetings between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Detainee Deaths in U.S. Custody
American Oversight v. DHS, CBP, and ICE (19-1764)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security seeking communications of senior officials, including Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, related to the deaths of individuals detained by ICE and Border Patrol.

Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell Communications
American Oversight v. DOT (19-1752)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Transportation seeking communications between McConnell’s office and DOT officials, as well as recent calendars for Secretary Chao, Todd Inman, and other senior aides.

Elaine Chao’s Family Company Communications
Restore Public Trust v. DOT (19-1677)

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Restore Public Trust against the Department of Transportation, seeking communications between senior Transportation Department officials and a wide range of entities and people linked to the Foremost Group. The lawsuit also seeks Secretary Elaine Chao’s travel records.

Shannon Royce’s Calendars
American Oversight v. HHS (19-1578)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against Health and Human Services seeking Shannon Royce’s calendars, the director of the HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.

Dream Center Oversight
NSLDN v. Education (19-1492) 

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of the National Student Legal Defense Network to obtain records related to the Trump administration’s oversight of financially troubled colleges owned by the Dream Center.

Gene Hamilton’s Communications
American Oversight v. DOJ and DHS (19-1339)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against DOJ and DHS for Gene Hamilton’s external communications to shed light on outside influences on DOJ and DHS policy, including immigration policy.

Casino Magnate Influence on Administration Policy (Sheldon Adelson Communications)
American Oversight v. Commerce, Treasury, and State (19-1301)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the departments of Commerce, Treasury, and State to shed light on casino-owner and Trump donor Sheldon Adelson’s influence over federal policy.

Casino Magnate Influence on Administration Policy (Steve Wynn Communications)
American Oversight v. DOL and DOJ (19-1300)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Labor and the Justice Department to shed light on the influence the Steve Wynn has in the administration. The lawsuit was filed for records in following the reversal of a 2011 Labor Department rule that benefited Wynn.

The President’s Emoluments Violations
American Oversight v. State and DOJ (19-1286) 

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the State and Justice Departments for records related to President Donald Trump’s potential violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, specifically the leasing of a Trump property to multiple foreign governments.

The Sale of Starrett City
American Oversight v. HUD (19-1225)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking communications between HUD political appointees, including Carson and Region II Administrator Lynne Patton, about the sale of Starrett City. President Trump owned a stake in Starrett City and made a profit from the sale.

Secretary Perdue’s Ethics Agreement
American Oversight v. USDA (19-1201)

American Oversight sued the Department of Agriculture to compel the release of records related to Secretary Sonny Perdue’s ethics disclosures as well as his communications with his cousin, Senator David Perdue, and specific industry interests.

DHS’ Actual Border Security Plan
American Oversight and ACLU Massachusetts v. DHS (19-10916)

American Oversight and the ACLU of Massachusetts sued the Department of Homeland Security to compel the release of a border security plan submitted to Congress in December 2018.

Scott Lloyd Communications About Pregnant Minors
Equity Forward v. HHS (19-942)

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Equity Forward against Health and Human Services seeking Scott Lloyd’s communications, spreadsheets, or summaries regarding pregnant unaccompanied minors in detention centers.

Senior Officials’ Calendars
American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies (19-912)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against several agencies seeking calendars following previous request for senior officials’ calendars. Some of the requests are seeking calendars from mid-2018 and others’ date back to the beginning of the administration.

Reversal of Wire Act Prohibitions
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-877)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against DOJ to investigate the administration’s reversal of a 2011 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that limited Wire Act prohibitions to sports betting, and whether the decision was made to benefit Trump donor Sheldon Adelson.

Stephen Miller’s Influence Across the Federal Government
American Oversight v. DHS, DOJ, HHS, and State (19-774)

American Oversight sued DHS, DOJ, HHS, and State for senior adviser Stephen Miller’s communications to shed light on his influence across the federal government.

Acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Ethical Conflicts
American Oversight v. DOI (19-690)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against Interior seeking records of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s communications with his former oil and gas industry clients as well as records of his compliance with ethics requirements.

HHS’ Removal of Women’s Health Information from Website
American Oversight and Sunlight Foundation v. HHS (19-659)

American Oversight and the Sunlight Foundation’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services to shed light on why the agency removed information about lesbian and bisexual women’s health, as well as breast cancer, from an HHS website.

Agriculture Influence on School Lunches
American Oversight v. USDA (19-652)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture to force the release of documents that might reveal industry influence over the decision to weaken nutritional standards for school lunches.

Defense Secretary Shanahan’s Boeing Conflicts
American Oversight v. DOD (19-0618)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Defense to shed light on whether Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s ties to Boeing have given the company undue influence at the agency.

Eric Blankenstein’s Racist and Sexist Blog
Allied Progress v. CFPB (19-582)

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Allied Progress against CFPB seeking Eric Blankenstein’s communications with senior officials in the days following the Washington Post’s report that Blankenstein had published a blog under a pen name where he expressed racist and sexist views.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Conflicts of Interest
American Oversight v. Commerce (19-0575)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against Commerce seeking records of communications with entities listed on Commerce Secretary Ross’ ethics agreements, communications between senior Commerce officials and business entities, and records of Ross’ meetings with industry groups.

HHS Senior Officials Communications with Anti-Abortion Groups
American Oversight v. HHS (19-345)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against HHS seeking communications between HHS senior officials and anti-abortion groups to determine if the groups are influencing policy.

Anti-Abortion Influence at Health and Human Services
Equity Forward v. HHS (19-461)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Equity Forward for communications between HHS officials and anti-abortion groups in light of the administration’s rule barring groups that provide abortions or abortion referrals from receiving family planning funding.

Steve Bannon and Sean Hannity’s Embassy Communications
American Oversight v. State (19-0417)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the State Department to obtain communications that Steve Bannon and Sean Hannity had with U.S. diplomats in Europe, including Richard Grenell, who was reportedly a top candidate to be the next UN ambassador.

Old Post Office Funding During the 35-Day Government Shutdown
American Oversight v. GSA (19-288)

Lawsuit filed against General Services Administration and the National Park Service to shed light on the decision to use federal funding to re-open the Old Post Office Tower, which sits on Trump hotel property, during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Assistant Attorney General Gore’s Changes to Civil Rights Protections
American Oversight v. DOJ (19-265)

Lawsuit filed against DOJ to obtain Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore’s external communications to shed light on whether outside groups have influenced changes to civil rights protections under Gore.

Hensarling Office Communications with CFPB
American Oversight v. CFPB (19-165)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against CFPB to force the release of records containing communications between Representative Hensarling’s office and CFPB.

HHS and CMS Communications with Conservative Think Tanks
SEIU v. HHS and CMS (18-3010)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of SEIU against HHS and CMS seeking their communications with conservative think tanks like Freedom Foundation, the State Policy Network, and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Communications with Anti-Immigration Groups about the Family-Separation Policy
American Oversight v. DHS (18-2842)

Lawsuit against DHS, CBP, ICE, and USCIS seeking records related to the Trump administration’s family separation policy and communications with anti-immigrant groups.

Conditions in Immigrant Detention Centers
American Oversight v. HHS, ACF, and the HHS OIG (18-2845)

Lawsuit against HHS, ACF, and the HHS Office of Inspector General seeking records related to the administration’s family separation policy, including DNA testing to reunite families, conditions of immigrant detention centers, and records from any OIG inspections of the detention centers.

Family-Separation Policy Costs 
American Oversight v. DOJ, EOIR, U.S. Marshals Service, HHS, ACF, CBP, USCIS, and OMB (18-2840)

Lawsuit against DOJ, EOIR, U.S. Marshals Service, HHS, ACF, CBP, USCIS, and OMB seeking records related to costs associated with the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

DOJ Communications with Anti-Immigrant Groups Regarding the Family-Separation Policy
American Oversight v. DOJ (18-2844)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against DOJ seeking records related to the Trump administration’s family separation policy and communications with anti-immigrant groups.

Sessions Memo Regarding the Administration’s Family Separation Policy 
American Oversight v. DOJ, DHS, CBP, ICE, and USCIS (18-2846)

Lawsuit against DOJ, DHS, CBP, ICE, and USCIS seeking communications containing specific search terms related to the administration’s family separation policy and guidance on the zero-tolerance policy.

Jared Kushner’s Personal Email List 
American Oversight v. DOD, HHS, DOJ, State, and Treasury (18-2720)

Lawsuit against the Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the Department of the Treasury to uncover the extent of Jared Kushner’s personal email use.

The Trump Administration’s Failed Coal and Nuclear Power Plant Bailouts 
Union of Concerned Scientists v. DOE and FERC (18-2615)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Union of Concerned Scientists against DOE and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking records related to Trump administration’s numerous failed proposals to bail out coal and nuclear power plants.

Changes to the Borrower Defense Rule 
American Oversight v. Education (18-2582)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Education to shed light on the agency’s decision to cut back on debt relief for defrauded student borrowers.

Trump Business Influence on State Embassies
American Oversight v. State (18-2579)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the State Department to determine whether President Trump and his family’s business interests have influenced agency policy.

Perceived Disloyalty and Political Retaliation at State
American Oversight v. State (18-2565)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of State to uncover evidence of alleged political retaliation against career holdovers and those perceived to be disloyal to President Trump.

The Trump Administration’s Hurricane Response Efforts
American Oversight v. DHS (18-2470)

Lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security seeking records detailing the failed preparation and response efforts surrounding hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.

The FBI Headquarters Relocation Project
American Oversight v. GSA, DOJ, FBI, and OMB (18-2419, 18-2421, 18-2422, 18-2423, 18-2424)

Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against DOJ, FBI, OMB, and GSA seeking records of White House meetings and communications regarding the FBI Headquarters consolidation project.

Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
NAACP and American Oversight v. DOJ (18-9363)

Lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund against the Department of Justice, seeking the release of records related to the inclusion of the a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 Census. American Oversight is serving as co-counsel in this litigation.

Interior Secretary Zinke’s Questionable Leadership at Interior
Western Values Project and American Oversight v. DOI (18-2336)

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior (DOI) to investigate Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership. WVP is asking for records related to Zinke’s conduct during his tenure as secretary, including records of Zinke’s travel to various political conferences, his communications with individuals tied to Halliburton, and any emails sent by or to Zinke on personal email accounts or private servers.

United States Senators Seeking Records Related to Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh
Sens. Blumenthal, Leahy, Whitehouse, Hirono, Booker, and Harris, Members of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary vs. NARA, CIA, and DOJ (18-2431)

Lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order filed by United States Senators Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse, Mazie K. Hirono, Cory A. Booker, and Kamala D. Harris, Members of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) seeking the release of records related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. American Oversight is representing the senators in this litigation.

Justice Department Records Regarding Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh
Fix the Court v. DOJ (18-2091)

Lawsuit and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by watchdog group Fix the Court against the Department of Justice seeking the release of records from the Office of Legal Policy relating to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s work in the White House in the early 2000s.

Michael Cohen and Corey Lewandowski Communications
American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies (18-2025)

Lawsuit seeking communications between former members of President Trump’s inner circle — including Michael Cohen and Corey Lewandowski — and political appointees at six federal agencies. The lawsuit seeks records from the Departments of Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, State, the Treasury, and the Federal Communications Commission.

DOJ’s Letter to Encourage Voter Purging
Brennan Center v. DOJ (18-1841)

Represented by American Oversight, the Brennan Center for Justice is suing DOJ for refusing to turn over documents related to a letter DOJ sent asking for detailed information about how states maintain their voter rolls, which could have led to voter purging.

CFPB Nominee Kraninger Records
Allied Progress v. OMB and CFPB (18-1728)

American Oversight’s lawsuit representing Allied Progress, an organization suing to uncover the records related to CFPB nominee Kathy Kraninger.

HHS Records on the Administration’s Family Separation Policy
American Oversight v. HHS (18-509)

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Equity Forward against the Department of Health and Human Services to compel the release of records relating to the Trump administration’s policy of separating and detaining the children of immigrants arrested attempting to enter the United States.

CBP’s Use of the Hashtag #CatchOfTheDay 
American Oversight’s v. DHS and CBP (18-1344, 18-1337)

American Oversight’s lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to shed light on its use of a Twitter hashtag to publicize the arrest of undocumented immigrants. American Oversight also filed a lawsuit against DHS asking for the same information.

Communications Between McConnell and DOT
American Oversight v. DOT (18-1272)

American Oversight is using DOT to obtain emails and other communications between the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

Secretary Zinke’s Offshore Drilling Plan:
American Oversight v. DOI (18-1216)

American Oversight is suing 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.

Scott Pruitt and Nino Perrotta Spending Records
American Oversight v. EPA (18-893)

American Oversight is suing EPA seeking records of waivers authorizing Pruitt and Perrotta to spend taxpayer funds on first class plane tickets; records related to the acquisition of a new vehicle to transport Pruitt; and records of any communications between Perrotta and his business partner, Edwin Steinmetz.

HUD’s Relationship with Sinclair Broadcast Group
American Oversight v. HUD (18-793)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of records related to HUD’s communications with conservative media personality Armstrong Williams and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Trump Cabinet Air Travel on Government Jets
American Oversight v. DOD, FAA, and GSA (18-787)

American Oversight is suing to uncover records of senior Trump administration officials’ use of taxpayer-funded travel on government-owned aircraft following reports of inappropriate taxpayer travel by Secretary Mnuchin, Administrator Pruitt, and Secretary Zinke.

Campaign for Accountability: Documents Linked to Superfund Report Suppressed by Pruitt
American Oversight v. Environmental Protection Agency (18-783)

American Oversight is representing Campaign for Accountability in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to compel the release of records related to the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma, specifically records related to a report of criminal wrongdoing that was blocked from being released to the public when Scott Pruitt was Attorney General.

Trump Administration Appointee Resumes and Job Titles – Updated
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs et.al. (18-656)

American Oversight is suing 18 agencies to force the release of resumes for political appointees across the Trump administration. This is the second lawsuit that American Oversight has filed seeking appointee resumes. FOIA requests included in this complaint cover appointees who joined the administration in the time period follow the first sets of resumes we obtained in 2017.

Trump’s Cabinet Office Renovation Expenses
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et.al. (18-568)

American Oversight is suing 16 cabinet-level agencies to uncover records of expenditures for upgrades, furniture, or other renovations for the offices of senior political appointees. Agencies named in this lawsuit are: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, HHS, Justice, Labor, State, Interior, Treasury, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, GSA, and OMB.

Seema Verma’s Recusals and Potential Conflicts of Interest
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (18-549)

American Oversight is suing HHS and CMS to determine if CMS Administrator Seema Verma has complied with the terms of her recusal agreements regarding her former consulting clients.

Senior Officials’ Calendars at Numerous Agencies
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Commerce et al. (18-534)

American Oversight is suing Commerce, Education, DOE, EPA, DHS, Interior, Labor, DOT, HHS, HUD, SBA, State, Treasury, and USDA for the release of calendars of senior political appointees.

Carson Family Influence at HUD
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (18-512)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over communications from Secretary Ben Carson, his wife and son, and senior political appointees including Lynne Patton. Carson’s family members, particularly his son, have played an active role in HUD’s business; Carson Jr. has given his business contacts unprecedented access to the secretary and the department.

Investigating HUD’s Taxpayer-Funded Office Redecoration
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (18-468)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of expenditures and communications related to redecorating or renovating Secretary Ben Carson’s office.

EPA’s Refusal to Comply with Freedom of Information Act Requests
American Oversight v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (18-364)

American Oversight is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek an injunction to stop the EPA from continuing its practice of denying reasonably described Freedom of Information Act requests.

DOJ’s Reversal of Positions under the Trump Administration
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice (18-355)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) for communications and other records related to 22 cases in which DOJ reversed its previous position after the Trump administration took office. The suit seeks the release of communications between Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and counsel for the other parties in those cases. This suit is part of a larger investigationinto the politicization of the Department of Justice.

Investigating DOJ’s Decision to Re-Open Uranium One Investigation
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice (18-319)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the release of records related to DOJ’s decision to re-open an investigation into Uranium One and Hillary Clinton. The suit seeks records evaluating legal-ethics issues and recusal obligations related to the Attorney General’s participation in the decision. This suit is part of a larger investigation into the politicization of the Department of Justice.

Border Wall Emails Between DHS and White House, States, Conservative Media
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (18-305)

American Oversight is suing for the release of emails and other communications related to President Trump’s proposed border wall sent between officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and individuals within the White House, border state governments, anti-immigration activist groups, and conservative media outlets including Breitbart and Fox News. This suit is part of the Audit the Wall investigation.

Campaign for Accountability: Exposing Efforts to Restrict Abortion Rights of Immigrant Minors
Campaign for Accountability v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (18-248)

American Oversight is representing Campaign for Accountability in a suit seeking the release of records from the Office of Refugee Resettlement regarding efforts to prevent unaccompanied immigrant minors from exercising their constitutional rights to abortion.

Equity Forward: Exposing Efforts to Restrict Abortion Rights of Immigrant Minors
Equity Forward v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (18-241)

American Oversight is representing Equity Forward in a suit seeking the release of records from the Office of Refugee Resettlement regarding efforts to prevent unaccompanied immigrant minors from exercising their constitutional rights to abortion.

Political Appointee Pledges
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (18-146)

American Oversight is suing to determine whether political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services are required to take any partisan oaths or pledges prior to employment.

Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Defense et al. (17-2707)

American Oversight is suing the Department of Defense for records of any recommendations or analysis provided by senior military and DOD officials to the White House regarding a ban on transgender individuals in the military prior to President Trump’s July 2017 tweeted announcement of the ban. The lawsuit also seeks communications among upper-level military personnel immediately following the president’s unexpected tweets.

Scott Pruitt’s Office Renovation Expenses
American Oversight v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (17-2599)

American Oversight is suing the EPA for records demonstrating how much Administrator Scott Pruitt has spent or intends to spend on renovating his office. News reports have indicated that Pruitt has spent more than $25,000 on a secure phone booth and at least $6,000 installing biometric locks in his office.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap: Accessing Voter Fraud Commission Documents
Dunlap v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity et al. (17-2361)

American Oversight is representing Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, who served as a member of the president’s voter fraud commission, in a suit seeking access to commission records to which he is legally entitled. In January 2018, after a federal judge ruled that Dunlap could not be excluded from participating in the commission’s deliberations, President Trump dissolved the commission. American Oversight is continuing to support Dunlap in his fight to gain access to the commission’s records.

Investigating the Roll Back of Overtime and Fiduciary Rules
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Labor (17-2199)

American Oversight is suing for records related the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back two regulations that would protect workers and consumers: the Overtime Rule, which would expand the number of employees eligible for overtime pay; and the Conflict of Interest Rule, which would require financial advisors to act in their investors’ best interests.

Uncovering the Backroom Deals Behind Tax Reform
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of the Treasury and Office of Management and Budget (17-2078)

American Oversight is suing for documents and communications between the agencies, Congress, and outside entities to expose the process that led to the sweeping tax legislation signed into law in late 2017. This suit is part of an investigation into the tax overhaul.

Investigating the Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Management and Budget (17-1448)

American Oversight is suing for the release of a March 2017 letter from President Trump to House Republicans outlining a potential plan to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into health care legislation.

EPA Leadership Calendars and Communications
American Oversight v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (17-1261)

American Oversight is suing for documents, calendars, and communications from top Environmental Protection Agency officials—including Administrator Scott Pruitt—to see how they spend their time and who they meet with. In particular, the suit seeks communications with investor and former White House advisor Carl Icahn, who may have used his role to advocate for regulatory changes benefitting him financially. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into Scott Pruitt’s mismanagement of the EPA.

Department of Education Leadership Calendars and Communications
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Education (17-1247)

American Oversight is suing for documents, calendars, and communications from top Department of Education officials—including Secretary Betsy DeVos—to see how they spend their time and who they meet with. The suit also asks for calendars, recusals, and communications regarding Taylor Hansen and Robert Eitel, former for-profit education industry insiders now employed by the agency. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into industry influence at the Department of Education.

Mexico Border Wall Construction and Impact
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al. (17-1187)

American Oversight is suing the Departments of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, and the Office of Management and Budget to obtain documents, communications, and plans related to President Trump’s proposed border wall’s construction and potential impact on landowners, the environment, and national security. This suit is part of the Audit the Wall investigation.

Solicitor General’s Ethics Records
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice (17-848)

American Oversight is suing to obtain records related to Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s participation in the defense of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” after Francisco’s former law firm became involved in the case to determine whether he properly navigated potential ethics conflicts. This suit is part of an investigation into President Trump’s political appointees.

Obamacare Repeal Negotiations
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Management and Budget (17-827)

American Oversight is suing to uncover communications between the agencies and Congress and regarding the behind-the-scenes negotiations during the 2017 attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The House of Representatives has also intervened in the lawsuit to argue that several documents should be withheld from the public, with potentially wide-ranging implications for the Freedom of Information Act. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into the health care repeal effort.

CLOSED LITIGATION

The following lawsuits have been settled, and American Oversight is no longer expecting documents to be produced in response to the underlying FOIA requests.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Records Regarding Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh
Lambda Legal v. HHS (18-2130)

Lawsuit and Temporary Restraining Order filed on behalf of Lambda Legal seeking records from HHS related to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.

LGBTQ Issues and Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh
Lambda Legal v. OMB (18-2073)

American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Lambda Legal, who is seeking records from Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s time during the Bush administration working on LGBTQ-related issues.

Navient Student Loan Provider Lawsuit Against CFPB
National Student Legal Defense Network v. ED (18-1803)

Lawsuit on behalf of The National Student Legal Defense Network (NSLDN) against the Department of Education (ED) to shed light on its role in aiding Navient, a giant servicer of federal student loans, to defend an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in federal court.

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh’s Time in Government
Fix the Court v. NARA and DOJ (18-1620, 18-1621)

American Oversight’s lawsuit representing Fix the Court asks DOJ for correspondence between the Office of Legal Counsel and Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh during the years he worked in the White House. A second lawsuit is asking NARA to records related to Kavanaugh’s time working for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr to shed light on his time in government before the Senate confirmation vote.

DOJ’s Secret Carter Page Surveillance Warrants
American Oversight and Dominique Bravo v. U.S. Department of Justice (18-1414)

American Oversight and Dominique Bravo are suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the release of secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications—which established that an individual associated with the Trump campaign was engaged in a crime or was a foreign agent—that DOJ filed to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.

The Leak of the Strzok-Page Text Messages
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice (18-224)

American Oversight is suing for the release of text messages exchanged between Department of Justice employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page along with records relating to the decision by senior DOJ officials to share the messages with reporters. This suit is part of a larger investigation into the politicization of the Department of Justice.

Investigating the Politicization of Criminal and Security Investigations
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice (18-166)

American Oversight is suing for records that indicate the extent to which senior political appointees—including those in the Office of the Attorney General—are inappropriately steering criminal and national security investigations. This suit is part of a larger investigation into the politicization of the Department of Justice.

MyPillow’s Federal Contract
American Oversight v. U.S. General Services Administration (18-160)

American Oversight is suing for records to explain why the General Services Administration (GSA) abruptly modified MyPillow’s government contract just a few days after President Trump endorsed the company’s product at a White House roundtable. The CEO of MyPillow, a pillow manufacturing company, had previously donated a significant amount of money to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Student Loan Provider Abuses
National Student Legal Defense Network v. ED  (18-1464)

American Oversight filed a lawsuit on behalf of The National Student Legal Defense Network (NSLDN), who sued ED to obtain communications regarding the administration’s attempt to block states from using consumer protection laws to crack down on abuses by student loan servicers.

Mexico Border Wall Payments
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of State (17-2246)

American Oversight is suing for documents and communications with Mexico regarding funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall, including any requests to the Mexican government for payment or reimbursement. This suit is part of the Audit the Wall investigation.

Management of Housing and Urban Development
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (17-2093)

American Oversight is suing to enforce four Freedom of Information Act requests seeking: records of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s son, Ben Carson, Jr., and his company’s presence in the department; communications between senior officials and President Trump’s nephew, Fred Trump III, a real estate developer who may have a financial interest in the department’s work; decision memos and policies approved by Secretary Carson; and communications about Freedom of Information Act requests by political appointees.

Disclosing Public Records Sent Between Congress and Agencies
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of the Treasury (17-1622)

American Oversight is suing to force the release of communications between the Treasury Department and the House Financial Services Committee. The suit challenges Committee Chairman Hensarling’s assertion that communications between the Committee and federal agencies are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into the government’s shielding of public records.

Western Values Project: Lola Zinke’s Role at Interior
Western Values Project v. U.S. Department of the Interior (17-2070)

American Oversight is representing Western Values Project in a suit seeking to uncover records showing the role that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s wife, Lola Zinke, plays at the department, including her use of tax-payer funded travel. This suit is part of an investigation into Secretary Zinke’s management of Interior.

FBI’s Advice to Sessions on Clearance Form
People for the American Way v. U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (17-1865)

American Oversight represented People for the American Way in a suit to enforce their request for all records relating to instructions given by the FBI to Attorney General Sessions regarding which contacts with foreign individual to list on his security clearance application. This suit followed American Oversight’s investigation, which uncovered proof that Sessions had omitted his foreign contacts from the SF-86 clearance application.

The case was voluntarily dismissed by all parties following the FBI’s production of a single email indicating that an agency employee did not recall providing Attorney General Sessions advice on omitting foreign contacts.

Trump International Hotel Lease Records
American Oversight v. U.S. General Services Administration (17-1267)

American Oversight is suing for communications and documents to better understand the conflicts of interest raised by the president’s ownership of the Trump International Hotel. The General Services Administration has failed to explain why President Trump’s ownership does not violate his lease on the government-owned building, which explicitly prohibits elected officials from profiting. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into ways the president and his family are profiting from the presidency.

Telecom Industry Role in Net Neutrality Discussions
American Oversight v. Federal Communications Commission (17-1492)

American Oversight sued for records and communications showing the telecommunications industry’s influence on the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality protections. This suit was part of American Oversight’s investigation into the administration’s move to undo net neutrality.

Investigating EPA’s Acceptance of Toxic Pesticides
American Oversight v. Environmental Protection Agency (17-1227)

American Oversight sued for the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s communications with Congress and outside entities about the agency’s decision to overrule the recommendations of its science advisers and allow the use of the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos. This suit was part of American Oversight’s investigation into Scott Pruitt’s mismanagement of the EPA.

Trump’s Appointees and Agency Leadership
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of the Interior et al. (17-958)

American Oversight sued eight federal agencies to force the release of the names of all employees appointed by President Trump, all employees in leadership offices, and all members of the “beachhead” and transition teams, and resumes and ethics waivers for those individuals. This suit was part of an investigation into President Trump’s political appointees.

Communications Between Ivanka Trump and Agencies
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Commerce et al. (17-920)

American Oversight is sued five agencies to obtain emails between the departments and Ivanka Trump prior to her formal employment as a federal official. The suit aimed to clarify the nature of Ms. Trump’s role, and was part of our investigation into Ms. Trump and Jared Kushner’s roles in the White House. This lawsuit triggered an investigation by the White House Counsel’s office which ultimately determined that Ms. Trump used private email while working in the White House on hundreds of occasions.

Sessions’ Clearance Form and Priebus’ FBI Interference
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (17-727)

American Oversight sued for the release of the page of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ security clearance application on which he failed to disclose his Russian contacts, and for records of former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ interference at the FBI. This suit is part of American Oversight’s investigation into Russian interference in the American political process and the administration’s response.

Investigating Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
American Oversight v. U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations (17-718)

American Oversight sued for any records and communications related to President Trump’s assertion that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. This suit was part of American Oversight’s investigation into Russian interference in the American political process and the administration’s response.