Jurisdiction: Federal

News Round-up: Attorney General Nomination, Family Separation Lawsuits, and Treating Immigrants Like Humans

December 7, 2018
News round-up of American Oversight's FOIAs, lawsuits, and new records, including records related to Charlottesville, family separation, and references to immigrants detained at the border as #CatchOfTheDay on social media.

Emails Show Tension Between Administration and Congressional Staff over NAFTA Renegotiation

December 6, 2018
Records obtained by American Oversight provide a behind-the-scenes look at the administration’s attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including emails rife with miscommunication, poor coordination, and tension between Congress and the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Assistant Attorney General with Ties to Russian Bank Recused from Mueller Investigation

December 6, 2018
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s position at the Department of Justice continues to draw scrutiny from both Congress and watchdog groups, as does that of Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who previously represented the Russian entity Alfa Bank and has been screened off from the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.

DOJ and OGE Records Regarding Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski’s Ethics Determinations

December 6, 2018
New documents obtained by American Oversight reveal that Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who previously represented a bank owned by oligarchs connected to the Russian government, has been recused from the special counsel investigation.

FOIA to OMB Seeking Records Regarding FEMA Funds Transfer

December 6, 2018
FOIA to OMB following reports that FEMA funds are being reprogrammed for ICE. This FOIA is seeking Kathy Kraninger's communications relating to reprogramming funds from FEMA to ICE during fiscal year 2018.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Congressional Communications Regarding the Endangered Species Act

December 6, 2018
FOIA to Interior seeking communications with Congress regarding the Endangered Species Act.

FOIA to the NOAA Seeking Congressional Communications Regarding the Endangered Species Act

December 6, 2018
FOIA to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking communications with Congress regarding the Endangered Species Act.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Congressional Communications Regarding the Endangered Species Act

December 6, 2018
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications with Congress regarding the Endangered Species Act.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records Regarding Acting AG Whitaker’s Appointment

December 5, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking any order or directive appointing Matthew Whitaker to the position of Acting Attorney General.

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

December 5, 2018
On Tuesday, American Oversight filed multiple lawsuits regarding the development and implementation of the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.