FOIA Number: SBA-17-0068

FOIA In Action: Helping Journalists Expose Questionable Behavior By Trump’s Appointees

November 2, 2017
American Oversight has been investigating questionable behaviors by Trump's political appointees. Our FOIAs have helped journalists report on many conflicts of interests, such as using personal email for government business and high-level political figures hosting events at Trump properties.

Emails Show Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email Account at White House

September 25, 2017
Emails obtained by American Oversight via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that Ivanka Trump used a personal email address to conduct substantive government work as late as March 2017.

Joint Status Report – Ivanka Trump Emails Lawsuit

July 10, 2017
Joint Status Report filed by American Oversight and the government in the lawsuit seeking communications between Ivanka Trump and four federal agencies.

Voluntary Dismissal Motion – SBA

June 8, 2017
American Oversight voluntarily dismissed its complaint against the SBA after the agency indicated it would comply with the FOIA request seeking communications with Ivanka Trump.

Watchdog Files Lawsuit to Obtain Ivanka Trump’s Emails

May 17, 2017
American Oversight today sued to obtain emails from the time period at the start of the Trump administration during which Ivanka Trump advised the president and offered input to executive agencies but refused to become a government employee subject to ethics rules.

Complaint: American Oversight v. Department of Commerce et.al. – Ivanka Emails

May 17, 2017
Complaint filed by American Oversight against the Departments of Commerce, Education, Treasury, Labor, and the Small Business Administration for communications with Ivanka Trump.