Entity: Department of Justice

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Matthew Whitaker’s Ethics Determinations, Waivers, and Recusals

November 30, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking Matthew Whitaker's ethics determinations ethics determinations based on information contained in his public financial disclosures, his prior public statements, or other sources of potential conflicts, including his past political campaigns and donors and his former employer, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT).

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Matthew Whitaker’s Communications Regarding FACT and Ethics Concerns

November 30, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking communications between Acting AG Whitaker and the Departmental Ethics Office regarding the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) or any donors to FACT, including any ethics or recusal concerns arising from his previous employment at FACT.

DOJ Withheld Records Response Regarding Ivanka Emails Lawsuit

November 30, 2018
The Civil Division of the Department of Justice stated that it had identified 37 pages of records responsive to American Oversight's FOIA request but that those pages were being withheld in full under FOIA exemptions (B)(5) and (B)(6). This FOIA request sought DOJ communications with White House staff about a 2017 American Oversight lawsuit that triggered a White House review of Ivanka Trump's private email usage.

New Guidance for Federal Employees’ Political Activity Goes Too Far

November 29, 2018
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.

American Oversight Expands Its Investigation of Administration’s Improper Email Use

November 29, 2018
After last week’s Washington Post report that Ivanka Trump used a personal email account for official business on hundreds of occasions, American Oversight is continuing its investigation not just into the extent to which the president’s daughter and senior adviser violated records rules, but also into whether such risky actions extended to other officials within Trump’s cabinet.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Acting AG Whitaker’s Personal Email Communications

November 29, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking communications with any non-governmental email address attributed to Matthew Whitaker, as well as emails he forwarded to his government account.

OSC Opens Whitaker Case File in Response to American Oversight Request

November 21, 2018
Update: The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case file in response to American Oversight's call for an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's potential Hatch Act violations. American Oversight wrote to multiple federal offices requesting investigations of Whitaker.

American Oversight Sues Federal Agencies for Evidence of Jared Kushner Personal Email Use

November 21, 2018
American Oversight today sued six federal agencies to uncover the extent of Jared Kushner's use of personal email for official governmental business. The suit comes the same week as news broke that his wife, Ivanka Trump, used personal email to conduct White House business on hundreds of occasions in 2017 — which White House officials only discovered when a May 2017 lawsuit filed by American Oversight sparked an internal review. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOD, HHS, DOJ, DHS, State, and Treasury – Jared Kushner Personal Email Use

November 21, 2018
American Oversight's 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. American Oversight’s suit follows a Washington Post report detailing Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email to conduct government business on hundreds of occasions in 2017.

Letter to OSC Calling for Hatch Act Investigation of Matt Whitaker

November 21, 2018
Letter from American Oversight to the Office of Special Counsel calling for an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s potential violations of the Hatch Act by accepting political campaign contributions in January and February 2018 while serving as a senior Justice Department official.