American Oversight’s Parallel Investigations Initiative is an ongoing project to ensure that the Trump administration can’t thwart accountability. With Democrats projected to take control of the House of Representatives in 2019, congressional investigators are likely to launch multiple inquiries into misconduct across the administration. And while congressional subpoenas are effective at compelling senior officials to testify in front of committee hearings, both Democratic and Republican administrations have successfully stonewalled subpoenas seeking the release of documents.
For more than six months, American Oversight has been monitoring document requests and investigation priorities identified by the members of Congress who will now be taking over key committees in the House — and we’ve been filing FOIA requests asking for documents on those same topics.
Beginning in late October 2018, we filed our first round of lawsuits demanding the release of documents likely to become the subjects of congressional investigations, including President Trump’s interference in the redevelopment of the FBI Headquarters building, the botched response to the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, and the involvement of Mar-a-Lago members in setting policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Those lawsuits, along with many of the parallel FOIA requests we have filed, are posted below.
You can read more about American Oversight’s Parallel Investigations Initiative here.