Entity: Department of State

Rejection from State Regarding Communications of Key Officials Under Sec. Pompeo’s Leadership

October 30, 2020
The Department of State has rejected American Oversight's request for communications of senior officials under Sec. Mike Pompeo's leadership. American Oversight sought these records in order to create a broad historical record for evaluating State politicization during the Trump administration.

News Roundup: Pompeo’s Emails and Barrett’s Nomination

October 22, 2020
If there were any hopes that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would, after having been accused of Hatch Act violations this summer, tone down his political activities as the election drew nearer, his recent pledge to release the emails of former Secretary Hillary Clinton has put those expectations to rest.

Pompeo’s Use of Personal Email While CIA Director Highlights State Department’s Failure to Produce His Emails as Secretary

October 21, 2020
American Oversight's litigation recently produced nearly 400 pages of Pompeo's emails from his time as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

OSC Opens Case File in Response to American Oversight’s Pompeo Hatch Act Complaint

October 16, 2020
Pompeo's rush to release Clinton emails before Election Day appears to violate the Hatch Act, and career State Department employees may be at risk.

Letter Calling for Hatch Act Investigation of Pompeo’s Push to Release Clinton Emails Before Election

October 16, 2020
American Oversight letter to Special Counsel Henry Kerner, the U.S. Department of State Office of Inspector General Matthew S. Klimow, and State Acting Legal Adviser Marik String requesting an investigation into whether Secretary Mike Pompeo has ordered any department employees to act in violation of the Hatch Act.

No Records Response from State Regarding Communications with Halkbank and Other External Entities

October 13, 2020
The Department of State stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications with Halkbank and other external entities.

Letter to NARA, CIA, and State Requesting Recovery of Records Removed from Federal Custody Due to Pompeo Personal Email Use, and Reply from NARA

October 10, 2020
Letter from American Oversight to National Archives and Records Administration, Central Intelligence Agency, and State Department urging them to take prompt action to recover any federal records that may have been unlawfully removed from CIA or State Department custody as a result of Mike Pompeo’s use of personal email to conduct government business.

News Roundup: The Real Dangers

October 8, 2020
Trump’s three-day stay at the hospital and the outbreak at the White House have done little to moderate his antagonistic politics or even make him take the pandemic seriously.

State Records of Communications and Calendar Entries for Ukraine Special Representative Kurt Volker

October 6, 2020
Department of State records in response to American Oversight’s request for calendar entries and specific communications of Ukraine Special Representative Kurt Volker, who had reportedly assisted the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to meet Ukrainian officials to encourage an investigation of the president’s perceived political opponents.

FOIA to State Seeking Communications of Key State Officials Under Secretary Pompeo’s Leadership

October 5, 2020
FOIA to the Department of State seeking communications of senior officials in order to create a broad historical record for evaluating State politicization during the Trump administration.