Jurisdiction: Federal

News Roundup: The Evidence Continues to Mount

January 17, 2020
No matter how much the administration stonewalls, new evidence in the Ukraine investigation continues to emerge. 

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records Deemed Non-Responsive to Request for Communications Concerning Judicial Nominations

January 16, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking records that DOJ initially deemed were responsive to a FOIA for communications concerning judicial nominations, which were then deemed non-responsive and not produced.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Any List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees Preferred by Former Justice Kennedy

January 16, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking any list of potential Supreme Court nominees recommended or preferred by former Justice Anthony Kennedy.

FOIA to State Seeking Any Threat Assessment for Former Ambassador Yovanovitch

January 16, 2020
FOIA to State seeking any threat assessment for former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in light of records released by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 14, 2020, that indicate Yovanovitch was under surveillance during the Spring of 2019.

FOIA to Treasury Seeking Communications with Halkbank and Giuliani

January 15, 2020
FOIA to the Department of the Treasury regarding Halkbank seeking external communications with Halkbank and Rudolph Giuliani. American Oversight requests these records shed light on whether and to what extent the investigation of Halkbank was influenced by external entities, as well as by the personal interests of the president.

Energy Department Agrees to Release Ukraine Documents This Month

January 13, 2020
The administration agreed to search for and release multiple categories of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight, prioritizing any records of Rick Perry’s communications with high-level Ukrainian officials and associates of Rudy Giuliani.

Joint Status Report: American Oversight v. DOE – Perry and Brouillette’s Ukraine Records and Communications

January 13, 2020
Joint Status Report filed by American Oversight and the Department of Energy in American Oversight’s lawsuit seeking the release of Secretary Rick Perry’s communications with high-level Ukraine officials; with outside groups associated with U.S. energy interests in Ukraine; and with particular associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. American Oversight is also requesting records regarding the U.S. delegation, led by Perry, to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration, including the records of former Chief of Staff Brian McCormack. The Department of Energy agreed to make the first production of records on Jan. 28, 2020, prioritizing Perry's and McCormack's communications as well as records related to the delegation. Subsequent productions are scheduled for Feb. 4 and March 16.

State Department’s Release of Volker Calendars and Text Messages Raises Further Questions

January 10, 2020
Late on Friday night, the State Department released 71 pages of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight, including text messages of Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and his calendars.

State Records of Communications and Calendar Entries for Ukraine Special Representative Kurt Volker

January 10, 2020
Department of State records in response to American Oversight’s request for calendar entries and specific communications of Ukraine Special Representative Kurt Volker, who had reportedly assisted the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to meet Ukrainian officials to encourage an investigation of the president’s perceived political opponents.