Entity: Department of the Interior

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

June 30, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests and Freedom of Information Act litigation in the last week.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Unidentified Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

June 25, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records reflecting directives and guidance given to federal police forces regarding self-identification and display of badges and uniforms, use of force guidelines, or deployment orders.

News Roundup: Georgia’s Disastrous Election, the Administration’s Alarming Protest Response, and Barr’s Troubling Tenure

June 12, 2020
As stirring protests against police brutality gripped the nation’s attention and as the coronavirus continued its tragic spread through multiple states, Georgia held a chaotic primary election.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Assessments on Coronavirus Risk Posed by Use of Tear Gas and Mass Arrests

June 11, 2020
FOIA to multiple federal law enforcement agencies seeking assessments or reports on the risk of coronavirus posed by the use of tear gas or other chemical irritants, crowd control techniques, and mass arrests and detention.

American Oversight Files FOIAs for Records of Use of Force on Peaceful Protesters

June 2, 2020
American Oversight is investigating the disturbing and authoritarian action against civilians lawfully gathered in a public place.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Order to Use Force on Protesters in Lafayette Park in Advance of Presidential Photo-Op

June 2, 2020
FOIA to National Park Service, Secret Service, National Guard, and Department of Defense seeking records reflecting the order or directive to use force on protesters gathered in Lafayette Park in advance of the president’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Church.

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general has unearthed a series of concerning stories about the conduct of the very person who pressed for the firing — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

FOIA to BLM Seeking Communications With or About Dan and Farris Wilks

May 20, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management seeking email communications with or about the Wilks brothers, Dan and Farris.

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 DOI Seeking Guidance Regarding Officials Participating in Campaign Events

May 14, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of the Interior seeking guidance regarding participation by top-level agency officials in Trump campaign events.