Defund Trump

President Trump has refused to divest himself of his business interests, creating clear conflicts of interest and breaking decades of practice by his predecessors. There is no official public accounting of the ways the president and his family are benefiting from the presidency - but the public record is already rich with examples of the president and his family profiting off of public service. 

What We’re Seeking:

  • Records of expenses paid for members of President Trump’s cabinet to travel to Trump properties.
  • Records of reimbursements or expenses paid by 18 government agencies for events at or travel to Trump properties.
  • Guidance issued by federal agencies or the Office of Government Ethics relating to holding or attending events at Trump properties.
  • Records of any reimbursements paid by the Department of Education for expenses at hotel properties owned by Secretary DeVos’s family.
  • Records relating to President Trump’s lease of the taxpayer-owned Old Post Office building for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
  • Records related to SBA McMahon speaking at a Trump hotel and her staff’s decision to crop out the event’s location on social media.
  • Records relating to whether or not the Department of State has been recommending Trump hotels to foreign leaders.

When Mr. Trump decided to cede operational control but not financial control of his businesses, the Office of Government Ethics described his move as “meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective.” In addition to Mr. Trump himself, members of the Trump family also appear to be benefitting directly and indirectly from the president’s public service. Indeed, Mr. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, recently claimed that the Trump “brand is the hottest it has ever been.”

American Oversight is calling for the U.S. government to turn off the spigot of public funds going to Trump businesses, cease using Trump properties and services, and issue guidance to all executive branch personnel that taxpayer dollars may not be spent at Trump properties or on purchases from businesses in which the First Family has a financial interest. If Mr. Trump and his family cannot be persuaded to stop accepting public funds for private gain, the government can ensure taxpayer funds are no longer available.

American Oversight is also asking for federal, Florida and New York State law enforcement officials and prosecutors to investigate whether domestic and foreign interests have used Trump properties, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, and the Trump National Doral as conduits to bribe the Trump administration to pursue favorable policies and award contracts.

It is important for the president’s actions to be investigated, catalogued and publicized. American Oversight will be doing its part to ensure the American people are aware of the extent to which Mr. Trump is using the presidency for his and his family’s personal financial benefit.

Updates

Court Rules in Favor of American Oversight in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

May 3, 2018
A federal court ruled in favor of American Oversight and eviscerated the Trump administration’s illegal and unprecedented efforts to conceal the Trump transition team’s communications about the Trump International Hotel.

Investigation Update: Defund Trump

March 2, 2018
President Trump has refused to divest himself of his business holdings since taking office, creating clear conflicts of interest and breaking decades of previous practices. American Oversight is investigating the ways in which the president and his family profit off of public service and whether or not foreign officials are using Trump properties to curry favor with the administration.

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

December 17, 2017
American Oversight obtained emails between the Trump transition team and the General Services Administration - including a request by Michael Flynn for a encrypted cell phone just days before Flynn and Jared Kushner spoke with Russian officials about arranging secure communications. American Oversight's lawsuit also obtained the memorandum of understanding signed between the GSA and the transition.
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Related Documents

July 3, 2018

DOJ Records Regarding Travel to Trump Properties

Department of Justice
Agency Record
July 2, 2018

FOIA to State Regarding Kushner Embassy Communications

Department of State
FOIA Request
July 2, 2018

FOIA to State Regarding Guidance Given to the U.S. Embassy Regarding Kushner or the Trump Organization

Department of State
FOIA Request
June 15, 2018

VA memos and emails regarding expenditures at Trump Properties

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Record
May 3, 2018

DOJ Expense Vouchers for AG Sessions Travel to Mar-a-Lago

Agency Record
May 3, 2018

DC District Court Opinion and Order on American Oversight v. GSA – Trump Hotel Communications

General Services Administration
Litigation
February 6, 2018

GSA MOU with Trump Transition Team – Unredacted

General Services Administration
Agency Record
January 29, 2018

Records Related to SBA Administrator McMahon’s Attendance at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
November 30, 2017

NRR From USDA Regarding Trump Organization Guidance

Department of Agriculture
Agency Record
November 29, 2017

No Records Response From GSA Regarding Trump Organization Guidance

General Services Administration
Agency Reply
November 28, 2017

Records From State Departent Regarding Mar a Lago Blog Post

Department of State
November 1, 2017

FOIA to State Department Regarding Trump Hotels

Department of State
FOIA Request
October 24, 2017

Records From SBA Regarding Administrator McMahon Speaking at Trump Hotel

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
October 12, 2017

DOE Records of Reimbursement for Trump Property Expenses

Department of Energy
Agency Record
September 28, 2017

No Records Response from CEQ Regarding Trump Hotel Guidance

Council on Environmental Quality
Agency Reply
September 28, 2017

No Records Response From DOI Regarding Trump Hotel

Department of the Interior
Agency Reply
September 27, 2017

FOIA to SBA Regarding Administrator McMahon

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
September 1, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Correspondence

General Services Administration
Agency Record
September 1, 2017

GSA Trump Transition Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
Agency Record
August 29, 2017

Joint Status Report Regarding GSA Trump Hotel FOIA Litigation

General Services Administration
Litigation
August 24, 2017

No Records Response From SEC Regarding Trump Organizations Payments

Securities and Exchange Commission
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August 21, 2017

No Records Response From CFTC Regarding Trump Properties

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Agency Reply
August 18, 2017

DOL Records of Reimbursement for Trump Property Expenses

Department of Labor
Agency Record
August 4, 2017

No Records Response from VA Regarding Trump Properties

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Reply
August 1, 2017

No Records Response From HUD Regarding Trump Properties

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Reply
July 31, 2017

No Records Response From DOT Regarding Trump Properties

Department of Transportation
Agency Reply
July 27, 2017

No Records Response From OSTP Regarding Trump Properties

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Agency Reply
July 25, 2017

GSA Link to Records Regarding the Trump International Hotel

General Services Administration
Agency Reply
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Guidelines Trump Properties

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to OGE Guidelines Trump Properties

Office of Government Ethics
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to Multiple Agencies Guidelines Trump Properties

Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Securities and Exchange Commission, Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to DHS Kelly Visits Trump Properties

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Dept Ross Visits Trump Properties

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Sessions Visits Trump Properties

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to SBA McMahon Visits Trump Properties

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Dept Mnuchin Visits Trump Properties

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

No Records Response from GSA Trump Hotel Communications

General Services Administration
Agency Reply
June 28, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. GSA – Trump Hotel

General Services Administration
Litigation
April 25, 2017

FOIA Request to State Department Regarding an Article Promoting Mar-a-Lago on Government Websites

Department of State
FOIA Request
April 10, 2017

FOIA Request to the Secret Service Seeking Contracts with Trump Properties

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
April 5, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Seeking Communications and Records of Meetings with Trump or the Trump Old Post Office LLC

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
April 5, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Seeking Communications and Records of Meetings with Trump Transition Team

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Records Relating to Lease of Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office in DC

General Services Administration
FOIA Request