Investigations Update: Trump Administration’s Occupation of Portland, CDC Hospital Data, and the Republican Convention

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf gives an interview on July 16 in Las Vegas

Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests in the last week:

New Lawsuit for Information on Pompeo’s Military Housing: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an alarmingly long list of allegations of misconduct, including those related to his and his family’s potential misuse of official resources to serve his personal interests and political ambitions. Last week, we sued the Trump administration for records related to another potentially controversial use of taxpayer money — the secretary’s arrangement to live in military housing. 

Getting to the Bottom of State Inspector General Firing: In recent months, Trump has removed or replaced inspectors general across the federal government in what the Washington Post has called a “slow-motion Friday night massacre of inspectors general.” Among these removals is former State Inspector General Steve Linick, who was reportedly looking into allegations of misconduct by Secretary Pompeo at the time of Linick’s removal. (See the whistleblower complaint we obtained this past week that alleges top officials allowed Pompeo’s wrongdoing to continue.) Last week, we filed FOIA requests with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency for records concerning Linick’s firing. 

Investigating the Federal Occupation of U.S. Cities: Our investigation into governments’ aggressive responses to this summer’s nationwide racial justice protests has now expanded to include the recent disturbing actions of federal agents in Portland, Ore. According to reports, federal law enforcement agents have been seizing protesters and denying them due process, driving in unmarked vehicles and failing to identify themselves. On Monday, President Donald Trump threatened to deploy officers to additional cities, and sources told CNN that the administration was preparing to send them to Chicago later this week. We filed FOIA requests to multiple federal agencies for communications regarding the Portland protests and records reflecting use-of-force guidelines or deployment orders.

Surveillance Companies and Covid-19: Technology companies have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by offering surveillance services to federal and local governments to track the spread of Covid-19, but these efforts have raised questions about data collection and health privacy. We filed FOIA requests with the Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs for communications and guidance related to such collaboration. We’re also seeking similar communications in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Texas

The Disappearance (and Reappearance) of CDC Hospital Data: Last week, HHS announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would no longer collect data about Covid-19 hospitalizations and equipment needs, instead directing hospitals to report the information to HHS. Shortly after the announcement, the CDC briefly removed live hospital capacity data from its website, restoring it on Thursday with a notice that the data would no longer be updated after July 14. And on Monday, HHS unveiled a new website with the information. We filed a FOIA request to HHS for the CDC’s hospital capacity data that had previously been public.

Republican Convention Pandemic Planning: On Monday, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said he has “significant” public health concerns about the Republican National Convention planned for next month. Williams raised his concerns even after announcements last week that Republicans plan to scale back the convention, potentially holding events outdoors. We filed records requests with the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Office of the Governor, and the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office to learn more about how the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are preparing for the event with local officials.

Pence’s Wisconsin Visit: In late June, Vice President Mike Pence visited Waukesha County, Wis., to campaign for Trump’s reelection and to discuss faith and education at a roundtable with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. At the time, county health officials were recommending that people avoid gatherings of more than 100 people, and earlier this month it was reported that Wisconsin had the fastest-growing infection rate in the country. We asked Waukesha County officials for records (including assessments and communications) about Pence’s June visit.  

Paycheck Protection Program Communications: As small businesses struggle under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the money in the Paycheck Protection Program has been funneled to private-equity-backed companies. We filed FOIA requests for the calendars and communications of Justin Muzinich, the deputy secretary of the Treasury who was tasked to the Small Business Administration to help with the Paycheck Protection Program, and for his communications with White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. 

NDA Offered to Cohen: Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in support of Trump’s 2016 election, sued the Justice Department on Monday for his immediate release from prison, to continue serving his sentence at home. According to reports, Cohen was returned to jail from medical furlough after refusing to sign a document that barred him from publishing books or talking to the press for the duration of his sentence. Cohen’s lawyers claim that his return to jail is retaliation for drafting a book about the president. We filed a FOIA request with the Justice Department for the agreement Cohen reportedly refused to sign.

Chao and McConnell Kentucky Favoritism: Last year, documents uncovered by American Oversight revealed that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s office had created a “special path” to process and assist with Kentucky projects, including those favored by her spouse, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coordination between their offices reportedly helped move along a $67.4 million grant application for a project in Boone County, Ky. We filed FOIA requests with the Transportation Department for records concerning the grant, and for communications with McConnell’s staff.

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Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control
November 22, 2019

News Roundup: Fiona Hill’s Warnings, Nikki Haley’s Emails, and Matt Bevin’s Stay at Trump’s Hotel

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kentucky Office of the Governor
November 1, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Votes and Sonny Perdue’s Georgia Connections

Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Park Service
October 30, 2019

New Lawsuit: Secretary Perdue’s Ties to Georgia Industry Groups

Department of Agriculture
October 4, 2019

News Roundup: The Public Needs Answers

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State
October 1, 2019

We’re Suing the State Department for Giuliani-Ukraine Documents

Department of State
September 6, 2019

News Roundup: Trump’s Enthusiastic Support for New Drug Raises Questions

Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas Attorney General
September 4, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records from Investigation into Potential Trump Campaign-Finance Violations

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
August 27, 2019

Investigating HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s Connections to Pharmaceutical Companies

Department of Health and Human Services
August 13, 2019

More Examples of Personal Email Use and Heavy-Handed Outside Influence at the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs
July 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department over Brooklyn Jail’s Inhumane Winter Conditions

Department of Justice
June 4, 2019

Documents Reveal Extent of Koch-Funded VA Privatization Group’s Influence

Department of Veterans Affairs
May 30, 2019

Trump Administration Appeals Court Decision Ordering It to Turn Over Communications with Congress About ACA Sabotage

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
May 17, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, Georgia, Texas
April 2, 2019

Federal Judge Rejects Administration’s Argument for Withholding Communications with Congress about ACA Sabotage

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

March 8, 2019

Watchdogs Sue HHS Following Women’s Health Website Overhaul

Department of Health and Human Services
March 1, 2019

HHS Secretary Azar Calendars Show Multiple Meetings with Conservative Health-Care Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
February 22, 2019

News Roundup: Wilbur Ross’ Uncertified Financial Disclosures

February 21, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks HHS Communications with Anti-Abortion Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
February 15, 2019

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice
January 31, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Emails of DOJ Official Involved in Controversial Civil Rights Decisions

Department of Justice
January 28, 2019

Court Orders Trump Administration to Turn Over More Voter-Fraud Commission Records

White House
January 24, 2019

Checking Up on Trump’s Claims that Military Experts Told Him to Ban Transgender Troops

Department of Defense
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

October 18, 2018

Inside the Documents: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Calendars

Department of Commerce
March 9, 2018

American Oversight Sues HHS and CMS for Verma Ethics Records

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
February 23, 2018

FCC Commissioner Calls for Trump’s Reelection, Violates Hatch Act

Federal Communications Commission
February 6, 2018

Voter Fraud Commission Asked Texas to Highlight Hispanic Surnames in Voter Data

White House
January 12, 2018

Justice Department Staffing Up For Its Ill-Conceived Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
January 2, 2018

New FOIAs Seek Records of Civil Rights Investigations at Department of Education

Department of Education
December 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOD to Uncover Truth Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

Department of Defense
November 16, 2017

Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Election Commission Lawsuit

November 8, 2017

Statement on Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Department of Justice
October 17, 2017

Health Care Lawsuit: Fighting for Transparency

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
September 18, 2017

Austin Evers Discusses Trump Inaugural Funds on MSNBC

September 15, 2017

Congress Enters Legal Fight to Block Release of Obamacare Repeal Emails

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services
September 13, 2017

“News to Me!” – Inside the Health Care Emails

Office of Management and Budget
September 7, 2017

Third Set of Health Care Emails Again Shows Trump Administration Effort to Hide Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
September 7, 2017

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

Department of Justice
September 2, 2017

DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
August 2, 2017

New Health Care Documents Show Effort to Hide Details of Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
August 1, 2017

American Oversight Obtains Attorney General Sessions SF-86 Signature Page

Department of Justice
July 28, 2017

Watchdog Group Calls for Hatch Act Investigation of Gorka

White House
July 27, 2017

Call for OSC Investigation of Pruitt Travel to Oklahoma

Environmental Protection Agency
July 26, 2017

American Oversight Sues FCC to Obtain Net Neutrality Communications with Industry Groups

Federal Communications Commission
July 21, 2017

American Oversight Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
July 20, 2017

American Oversight Sues HHS and OMB For Secret Trump Letter Outlining Plan to Weaken Obamacare

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget, White House
July 13, 2017

DOJ Releases Redacted Page of Sessions’s SF-86 to American Oversight

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
July 12, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Pence-Kobach Commission Records

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, General Services Administration
May 24, 2017

After American Oversight Lawsuit, DOJ Confirms that Sessions Lied about Russian Contacts

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 4, 2017

Watchdog Files Lawsuit, Seeks Injunction for HHS, OMB Health Care Negotiation Record

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
April 26, 2017

American Oversight Seeks Release of FCC Net Neutrality Communications

Federal Communications Commission
April 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOJ for Release of Trump Tower Wiretap Records, Russia Investigation Documents

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, White House
March 23, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Secret Health Care Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget