Jurisdiction: Federal

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Matthew Whitaker Resume and Ethics Considerations

November 7, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking the resume of Matthew Whitaker's resume that he provided to the agency, as well as, any recusals or ethics determinations and waivers.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Matthew Whitaker’s Congressional Communications

November 7, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking communications, including texts and emails, between Matthew Whitaker and any members of Congress or congressional staff. This FOIA was filed following reports that Whitaker will be replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions on an acting basis.

American Oversight Sues State Department for Evidence of Alleged Political Loyalty Tests

November 7, 2018
American Oversight today sued the Department of State to uncover evidence of alleged political retaliation. This is the watchdog’s fourth suit in its Parallel Investigations Initiative, which aims to amplify congressional oversight by targeting records that will likely also be sought in committee investigations after the House of Representatives changes hands.

Complaint: American Oversight v. State – Political Retaliation

November 7, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of State to uncover evidence of alleged political retaliation against career holdovers and those perceived to be disloyal to President Trump.

Accountability Starts Now

November 7, 2018
With control of the House of Representatives changing hands, the checks and balances we all learned about in school are back. If the Trump administration tries to obstruct congressional oversight, we'll go to court to force the release of documents.  

FOIA to DOD Regarding the Use of Force in Troop Deployment

November 6, 2018
FOIA to DOD submitted along with National Security Action seeking records sufficient to identify any procedures, standards, guidance, policies, or rules produced by Department of Defense regarding the use of force or rules of engagement in the troop deployment, Operation Faithful Patriot. This FOIA is also asking for records related to Trump's statements about migrants throwing stones.

FOIA to DHS Seeking Guidance on Border Militia and the Treatment of Immigrants

November 6, 2018
FOIA to DHS submitted along with the National Security Action seeking records of any guidance and communications with border officers regarding engagements or interactions with private militia or minutemen groups in border areas, the handling of unaccompanied children, policy memorandum signed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and provided to ICE regarding treatment of immigrants, and any guidance on the use of force against immigrants.

FOIA to ICE Seeking Guidance Related to the Migrant Caravan, Private Militias, and Treatment of Children

November 6, 2018
FOIA to ICE along with the National Security Action seeking guidance on the tracking of children after being separated from their parents, all guidance produced by DHS and provided to ICE officials regarding the handling of unaccompanied alien children, communications with private militias, and policy memorandum signed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and provided to ICE regarding treatment of immigrants.

In the News: Flights at Taxpayer Expense, Zinke’s Ethics Investigations, and the FBI Headquarters Project

November 5, 2018
American Oversight uncovers documents that drive accountability and help journalists further investigate corruption in the Trump administration. Over the past few weeks our litigation has exposed flight records, financial conflicts of interest, and set the stage for parallel congressional oversight in 2019.

FOIA to State Regarding Nikki Haley’s Resignation

November 2, 2018
FOIA to State seeking all email communications of USUN Ambassador Nikki R. Haley sent or received, on both classified and unclassified systems, between September 27, 2018, and October 12, 2018.