New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Jared Kushner’s Failed Coronavirus Supply Chain Task Force

On Wednesday, American Oversight sued the Trump administration after multiple agencies failed to release documents detailing White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner’s role in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In March, Kushner recruited a bevy of private-sector volunteers with little to no relevant experience to assist in the administration’s efforts to procure medical and protective equipment that has been in short supply. The volunteers reportedly include analysts from investment firms with potential financial interests in the health-care industry. Additionally, the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) — Adam Boehler, Kushner’s former college roommate — has also been central in managing the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to critical supply shortages across the county.

American Oversight filed a number of Freedom of Information Act requests with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the DFC for all nondisclosure agreements signed by the volunteers, as well as any related emails — including between Boehler and Kushner, or that Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who was heading the supply chain task force, sent to White House officials or representatives of the relevant private firms.

“Jared Kushner’s choice to put his friends and personal network in charge of managing the federal pandemic response is a recipe for corruption and failure,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight. “Given that states are still struggling to acquire necessary equipment, and the death toll continues to rise, these concerns have become a matter of life and death. 

“The bottom line is that Jared Kushner was tasked with managing the supply chain of lifesaving equipment and Americans paid the price. The public deserves to know why.”

American Oversight has filed more than 500 public records requests with federal and state government agencies to investigate the response to the coronavirus pandemic, including requests in Georgia and Florida related to outbreaks in local prisons and jails.

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American Oversight Launches “Defund Trump” Investigation

Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
June 28, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Sues GSA for Trump International Hotel Lease Records

General Services Administration
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
May 3, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Pattern of Promoting Trump Family Ventures on Government Websites

Department of State
News
April 26, 2017

American Oversight Seeks Release of FCC Net Neutrality Communications

Federal Communications Commission
Investigation Update
April 25, 2017

American Oversight Files IG Complaint over State Department Promotion of Mar-A-Lago

Department of State
Investigation Update
March 29, 2017

Call for GSA Inspector General to Review Trump Hotel Lease Decision

General Services Administration
Investigation Update
March 23, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Secret Health Care Negotiations

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