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Entity: Department of Commerce
American Oversight’s Investigations into Trump’s Foreign Policy, and Five Key Takeaways from John Bolton’s Book
June 26, 2020
John Bolton's new book has brought renewed attention to a number of President Trump's corrupt foreign policy actions. Here's what we're still investigating.
News Roundup: Trump and Barr Unleash Attack on Protesters — and the Constitution
June 5, 2020
The irony of protests against police brutality being met with violent escalation by law enforcement is perhaps matched only by the authoritarianism of the president and attorney general.
FOIA to the Census Bureau Seeking Sent Communications Regarding Coronavirus
May 29, 2020
FOIA request to the Census Bureau seeking officials’ sent email communications containing key terms relating to the coronavirus.
FOIA to Commerce Seeking Secretary Ross’s Communications with Senator McConnell
May 29, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Commerce seeking Secretary Wilbur Ross and other Commerce officials’ email communications with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the decennial census.
FOIA to Commerce Seeking Communications with External Individuals and Entities
May 29, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Commerce seeking Commerce officials’ email communications with external individuals and entities.
News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department
May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.
FOIA to Commerce Seeking Guidance Regarding Officials Participating in Campaign Events
May 14, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Commerce seeking guidance regarding participation by top-level agency officials in Trump campaign events.
News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality
April 24, 2020
Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.
FOIA to Commerce Department Seeking External Communications of Clark Barrow
April 21, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Commerce seeking external email communications of Clark Barrow, associate director, Office of the Executive Secretariat.
Commerce Emails Regarding Ethics Advice for Sec. Ross
April 15, 2020
Department of Commerce email records of ethics advice given from agency counsel to Secretary Ross about meetings with business leaders and Secretary Ross's holdings.