News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

President Donald Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response. Nor can the promotion of miracle cures that have not been proven effective erase the costly failure to institute early testing for the novel coronavirus.

On Thursday, American Oversight filed two new lawsuits against the administration for records related to testing decisions and official messaging. The lawsuits are based on numerous Freedom of Information Act requests we filed back in March, when the president’s efforts to minimize the pandemic and pat himself on the back came in the form of a preoccupation with controlling official communications and canceled media appearances.

When it comes to ignoring reality, little seems to have changed. Warnings from medical professionals and lack of evidence of hydroxychloroquine effectiveness against Covid-19 did not stop the president’s controversial and reckless hyping of the antimalarial drug. This week, lawyers for vaccine expert Dr. Richard Bright said that Bright would be filing a whistleblower complaint over having been ousted from his position as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and reassigned to the National Institutes of Health. In a statement, Bright said that he believed the move was because he “resisted efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections.” (On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about hydroxychloroquine dangers.)

Also this week, the president took issue with scientific reality again, attempting to make recent comments from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield vanish. Trump took to Twitter to claim that Redfield was “totally misquoted” in a Washington Post article (though Trump singled out CNN) in which Redfield said that the virus will be “even more difficult” next winter, when its second wave occurs at the same time as flu season. Redfield has since affirmed that the Post had quoted him correctly.

We sued the Department of Health and Human Services and three component agencies for email communications between key agency officials and the White House — as well as for any directives, orders, or guidance from HHS or the White House regarding public communications or press strategy — to find out whether the department’s public communications were altered to benefit the president’s political interests. We also sued to enforce FOIA requests we sent to HHS and the Food and Drug Administration for records of communications about decisions that affected the availability of coronavirus testing in the United States.

Bringing our total number of coronavirus-related public records requests to more than 400, we filed more than a dozen this week for officials’ communications with individuals regarding vaccines or treatments, to shed light on how private interests may have influenced the administration on potential coronavirus treatments. For more on what else we’re looking into with regard to coronavirus and other issues, read on:

Coronavirus and Food and Worker Safety: Slaughterhouses, meatpacking plants, and other industry facilities have proved particularly vulnerable to concentrations of coronavirus cases. We’re looking into what measures the Department of Agriculture and its Food Safety and Inspection Service have taken to ensure worker and food safety during the pandemic, seeking records of USDA communications with industry groups and governors with Covid-19 outbreaks in their states; data on plant inspectors’ wellness and protective equipment or related guidance; and FSIS’s “Human Pandemic Operations Plan.”

Trump’s Unnecessary Signature on Stimulus Checks: Earlier this month, the Treasury Department confirmed that Trump’s signature would appear in the memo section of the coronavirus stimulus checks to be sent to millions of Americans. We’re investigating whether this unprecedented — and unnecessary — addition caused any delay in the checks’ disbursement. We filed FOIA requests with the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for analyses of any impacts from adding the signature; any directives from the White House to add the signature; and emails regarding associated delays and costs.

Treasury Communications During Stimulus Negotiations: Last week, we talked about how we’re investigating the influence that lobbyists, banks or private interests might have had over where taxpayer money is directed in the government’s coronavirus response — and that includes the president’s personal business. We filed requests with the Treasury for Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s and other officials’ calendars and external emails for the first three months of the year, and for their communications with Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump. We also want any records showing discussions or notes about Trump’s businesses — including whether those businesses could qualify for federal assistance.

Trump’s Interference in FBI Headquarters Plan: Two recent court rulings have put a stumbling block before the administration’s continued attempts to avoid turning over records related to the president’s influence over a multibillion-dollar government plan. We’ve been investigating his involvement in the scuttling of a plan to relocate the FBI headquarters, which sits a couple of blocks away from the Trump International Hotel, and to redevelop the site for commercial use. Read more about what federal judges said about agencies’ “inadequate” searches for records.

Speaking of Trump’s Hotel: This week, the Trump Organization asked for a break on rent payments for the Trump International Hotel, which leases its space in the federally owned Old Post Office building from the General Services Agency. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that we’re asking for communications between GSA officials and the Trump Organization.

‘Cohort Quarantine’: People in processing and detention centers are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus because of poor access to health care, lack of essential supplies, and close quarters. Recent reports indicate that processing and detention centers have adopted a practice of “cohort quarantine,” in which affected inmates are placed in separate areas — a practice that health officials say has actually accelerated the spread of the virus. We filed requests to DHS for any directives regarding cohorting, and to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for data on the number of people who have been segregated into separate groups.

Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons: Covid-19 is spreading through prisons and jails at an alarming rate. One federal prison in Ohio has seen 80 percent of its inmates test positive. Cook County Jail in Chicago is also a major hotspot for the disease, with hundreds of cases. We filed a number of public records requests for more information about the outbreak in the Cook County Jail, and are also asking the Florida Department of Corrections for data, assessments, and communications with the governor’s office or private contractors about the coronavirus. 

Jared’s Coronavirus Volunteers: News reports indicate that private citizens have been communicating on FEMA’s behalf, including with contractors and potential contractors, from non-governmental email accounts — and these individuals were connected to federal efforts by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. They reportedly include analysts from investment firms that may have financial interests in the health-care industry, which could be impacted by federal efforts to respond to the coronavirus. We’re asking for the non-disclosure agreements they reportedly signed as well as their emails

Georgia Election Staffing: Poll workers across Georgia are reportedly quitting because of the coronavirus outbreak, raising concerns about the state’s capacity for in-person voting in the upcoming June primary. We’re asking multiple Georgia counties for records reflecting the number of election staff and poll workers available to run the state’s election, and for related emails and directives. We also filed a request with the state’s Department of Community Health for records related to compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, and filed a similar request in Texas.

Foreign Interference in the 2020 Election: The State Department’s Global Engagement Center is tasked with countering foreign propaganda efforts in the United States — including Russian disinformation about U.S. elections. We’re asking the State Department for any Global Engagement Center reports concerning foreign interference in the 2020 election, as well as Global Engagement Center Coordinator Lea Gabrielle’s calendars and emails sent to non-government entities. 

Loyalty Over Qualifications: According to Politico, the Presidential Personnel Office has hired a fourth college senior as a top official — once again showcasing the emphasis on political loyalty (at the expense of actual job qualifications) that permeates the Trump administration. We have the resume of one of the other college students in the PPO — you can see it here.

HHS’s Anti-ACA Testimonials: In June 2017, in the leadup to an important congressional vote on the Affordable Care Act, HHS posted a series of anti-ACA video testimonials on its official YouTube channel. We’ve since obtained records that show HHS staff scripted at least one additional video in this series, but it appears that the video was never released. We’re asking HHS for this last video, as well as any other unpublished media produced by the agency regarding the ACA. 

Judge Justin Walker: In October 2019, Trump nominee Justin Walker was confirmed to a lifetime appointment as a U.S. District Court judge in Kentucky. Walker previously served as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and received a rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. He has also been characterized as a “protégé” of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. Recently, the president nominated Walker to the role of an appellate judge on the D.C. Circuit court, a post that can ultimately lead to a Supreme Court nomination. We’re asking the Justice Department for communications with Walker or McConnell or his staff. 

Withdrawal from Syria and Backchannels with Turkey: Reporting suggests the Trump administration has numerous backchannels through which it communicates with Turkey — including Jared Kushner and business partners of the Trump Organization. These channels came under particular scrutiny in October when Trump agreed to withdraw troops from northern Syria at the request of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We filed FOIA requests with the State Department and the Department of Defense for communications about the decision to withdraw from northern Syria.

FEMA Spreadsheets: We filed requests for the spreadsheets FEMA is using to track requests from other agencies and the needs and capacities of hospitals across the country, and for briefing materials created by the interagency Data and Analytics Task Force.

Anti-Immigrant Advocates: American Oversight has been investigating White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller’s influence on immigration policy across the federal government. This week, we asked for the communications of his political allies at the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce, including the emails of ICE Senior Adviser Jon Feere. We wrote about Feere and his close working partnership with Miller back in January.

Perry’s Ukraine Communications: We published Energy Department records of former Secretary Rick Perry’s communications concerning Ukraine-related matters as part of our ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s contacts with Ukraine. The records are the result of a lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the department last November and show preparations for Perry’s May 2019 trip to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration. We’ll be getting more Ukraine Energy Department records next month, so stay tuned. 

New Records of Note: This week, we posted more calendars of USDA officials, which included a 2019 Census Bureau presentation that lists the (now blocked) citizenship question as one reason the 2020 census would be conducted “in an environment that is more challenging than ever before.” We also posted additional pages of coronavirus-related communications we received from King County, Washington.

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March 20, 2020

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation

Administration for Children and Families, Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Reserve, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, King County - Washington, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Department of State Health Services, Washington State Department of Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
March 19, 2020

New Ukraine Documents: Gordon Sondland Emails

March 17, 2020

Floridians with Prior Felonies Need to Pay Fines Before Voting — But Documents Reveal the State Can’t Properly Track What They Owe

Florida Department of State, Hernando County - Florida, Hillsborough County - Florida, Leon County - Florida, Martin County - Florida, Okaloosa County - Florida
March 16, 2020

Energy Department Releases Records from Rick Perry’s May 2019 Trip to Ukraine

Department of Energy
March 13, 2020

News Roundup: Continuing Our Investigation of Coronavirus Response

Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Georgia Secretary of State, Texas Secretary of State, Washington State Department of Health, Wisconsin
March 11, 2020

OMB Releases New Ukraine-Related Emails to American Oversight

Office of Management and Budget
March 10, 2020

New Lawsuit: The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Financial Deregulation

Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury
March 6, 2020

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

Administration for Children and Families, Agency for International Development, Briscoe County - Texas, Bureau of Land Management, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Cobb County - Georgia, Criminal Division, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Reserve, Food and Drug Administration, Freestone County - Texas, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Secretary of State, Gwinnett County - Georgia, Hall County - Texas, Hill County - Texas, Hood County - Texas, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jones County - Texas, Kendall County - Texas, King County - Washington, Lavaca County - Texas, Leon County - Texas, Limestone County - Texas, Loving County - Texas, Morris County - Texas, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Office of Information Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Scurry County - Texas, Starr County - Texas, Swisher County - Texas, Texas Secretary of State, Veterans Health Administration, Victoria County - Texas, Washington State Department of Health
March 2, 2020

In the Documents: Read the Script for an HHS Anti-Obamacare Ad That Was Apparently Never Released

Department of Health and Human Services
February 28, 2020

“Final decision rests with POTUS”: Newly Released Defense Department Emails Show Esper, Pompeo and Bolton Thought Ukraine Aid Should Have Continued

Department of Defense
February 28, 2020

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Department of State, Hillsborough County - Florida, Leon County - Florida, National Security Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
February 26, 2020

New Lawsuit Seeks Information on Stephen Miller’s Involvement in Public Charge Rule

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor
February 21, 2020

New State Department Ukraine Documents Released

Department of State
February 21, 2020

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Fish and Wildlife Service, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States Secret Service
February 21, 2020

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Mitch McConnell’s Influence at Transportation, Energy, State Departments

Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of Transportation
February 21, 2020

When the Government Uses Redactions to Hide Evidence of Wrongdoing

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget
February 14, 2020

News Roundup: Trump Has Learned His ‘Lesson’

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Central Intelligence Agency, Cobb County - Georgia, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, DeKalb County - Georgia, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Reserve, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Fulton County - Georgia, Georgia Secretary of State, Gwinnett County - Georgia, Kentucky Office of the Governor, Office of Information Policy, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
February 14, 2020

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Complaints About Mike Pompeo’s Conduct

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State
February 11, 2020

The Facts Are Still Coming Out

Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget
February 11, 2020

The Ukraine Investigation’s Unanswered Questions

Congress, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State
February 10, 2020

Ukraine Investigation Update: Volker Text Messages

Department of State
February 7, 2020

News Roundup: Acquittal Isn’t the End

Cobb County - Georgia, DeKalb County - Georgia, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Florida Department of State, Fulton County - Georgia, Georgia Secretary of State, Gwinnett County - Georgia, Office of Management and Budget
February 6, 2020

The Investigation Continues: New Lawsuit Seeks Pence Ukraine Records

Department of State
February 5, 2020

Statement on Senate Impeachment Vote: Oversight Must and Will Continue

Congress
February 4, 2020

Energy Department Releases New Batch of Ukraine Documents

Department of Energy
January 31, 2020

News Roundup: Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Harris County - Texas, Texas Office of the Governor
January 31, 2020

Lifted Redactions Reveal August 2019 Esper Communications About Zelensky, Ukraine Assistance

Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget
January 28, 2020

Energy Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of Energy
January 27, 2020

American Oversight Is Investigating Impeachment Adviser Pam Bondi’s Communications with State Department Official

Department of State
January 24, 2020

News Roundup: Evidence of Obstruction

Clayton County - Georgia, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Tennessee Valley Authority, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate
January 22, 2020

OMB Releases 192 Pages of Ukraine Records to American Oversight

Office of Management and Budget
January 17, 2020

News Roundup: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Clayton County - Georgia, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Hancock County - Georgia, Jefferson County - Georgia
January 15, 2020

Updated Timeline: Messages About Yovanovitch Surveillance Happened Same Week as Giuliani-Pompeo Calls

Department of State
January 13, 2020

Energy Department Agrees to Release Ukraine Documents This Month

Department of Energy
January 10, 2020

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

Department of State
January 10, 2020

News Roundup: Presidential War Powers and New Impeachment Documents

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Hernando County - Florida, Nassau County - Florida, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Okaloosa County - Florida, Seminole County - Florida
January 10, 2020

In the Documents: Investigating the Trump Administration’s Legal Analyses for Potential Use of Force Against Iran

Department of State
January 8, 2020

State Department Releases Additional Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of State
January 7, 2020

Did the Trump Administration Abuse the Redactions Process?

Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget
January 6, 2020

In the Documents: Stephen Miller’s Emails with Top ICE Official

Immigration and Customs Enforcement
December 27, 2019

American Oversight’s 2019 in Review: Nine Important Stories We Uncovered

December 23, 2019

American Oversight’s Investigation into the Restoration of Voting Rights in Florida

Broward County - Florida, Collier County - Florida, Duval County - Florida, Florida Department of State, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Office of the Attorney General, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Senate, Gadsden County - Florida, Hardee County - Florida, Hendry County - Florida, Hillsborough County - Florida, Leon County - Florida, Miami-Dade County - Florida, Monroe County - Florida, Palm Beach County - Florida, Taylor County - Florida, Washington County - Florida
December 23, 2019

An Update on Our Investigation into Georgia’s Election System and Voter-Roll Purges

Bartow County - Georgia, Carroll County - Georgia, Catoosa County - Georgia, Clayton County - Georgia, Cobb County - Georgia, Decatur County - Georgia, DeKalb County - Georgia, Dougherty County - Georgia, Fulton County - Georgia, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Gwinnett County - Georgia, Hancock County - Georgia, Jefferson County - Georgia, Lowndes County - Georgia, Macon-Bibb County - Georgia, Paulding County - Georgia, Randolph County - Georgia, Rockdale County - Georgia
December 23, 2019

Texas Officials’ Communications with ‘Voter Fraud’ Activists

Cameron County - Texas, Dallas County - Texas, Harris County - Texas, Hidalgo County - Texas, Starr County - Texas, Tarrant County - Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate, Travis County - Texas, Zavala County - Texas
December 21, 2019

Defense Department Ukraine Documents Released to American Oversight

Department of Defense
December 20, 2019

News Roundup: Beyond Impeachment — The Investigations Continue

Administration for Children and Families, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Government Accountability Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Management and Budget
December 18, 2019

Why Trump Has Met the Standard for Obstruction of Congress

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of State
December 17, 2019

American Oversight Sues for U.S. Embassy Communications About Trump Properties

Department of State
December 13, 2019

News Roundup: Stephen Miller’s Extremist Network

Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Carroll County - Georgia, Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Attorney General
December 12, 2019

American Oversight Sues for Treasury Communications About Russian Investment in Kentucky Plant

Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control
December 11, 2019

Lawsuit over Administration’s Unlawful Seizure of Trump-Putin Meeting Notes Moves Forward

Department of State, National Archives and Records Administration
December 6, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Report, Border Wall Contracts, and Pompeo’s Meeting with GOP Donors

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
December 3, 2019

House Committee Impeachment Report References State Department Documents Obtained by American Oversight

November 27, 2019

News Roundup: Thankful for FOIA

Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Kentucky Office of the Governor
November 27, 2019

Behind the Scenes: How American Oversight Forced the Release of State Department Ukraine Records

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget
November 25, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department for Ukraine-Related Communications

Department of Justice
November 22, 2019

State Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of State
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 21, 2019

Nikki Haley Sent Classified Emails on an Unclassified Email System

Department of State
November 20, 2019

Sondland’s Testimony Highlights State Department Obstruction

Department of Energy, Department of State
November 19, 2019

Former DOJ Civil Rights Official Acknowledges He Made Incorrect Statement in Sworn Declaration

Department of Justice
November 15, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

Bartow County - Georgia, Carroll County - Georgia, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Council on Environmental Quality, Dallas County - Texas, Decatur County - Georgia, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida House of Representatives, Georgia Secretary of State, Harris County - Texas, Lowndes County - Georgia, Paulding County - Georgia, Travis County - Texas
November 14, 2019

How ‘Sharpiegate’ Turned a Simple Misunderstanding into a Media Frenzy — and Headache for NOAA Employees

Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
November 13, 2019

American Oversight Sues DHS for Cuccinelli Records

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
November 8, 2019

News Roundup: Ukraine-Related Documents, Hurdles for Asylum-Seekers, and Chad Wolf’s Involvement in Family Separation

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Office of the Governor, Office of Information Policy, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Management and Budget
November 7, 2019

What We Learned from the Yovanovitch and McKinley Transcripts

Congress, Department of State
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 31, 2019

State Department Agrees to Produce Ukraine Records to American Oversight by November 22

Department of State
October 30, 2019

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

Department of Agriculture
October 25, 2019

News Roundup: Court Chips Away at Trump Administration Obstruction

October 24, 2019

Research Tool: Ukraine-Trump Key Figures and Documents

Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury
October 23, 2019

Federal Judge Says He Will Order State Department to Begin Turning Over Requested Ukraine Documents

Department of State
October 22, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks Perry and Brouillette Ukraine Documents and Communications about Biden Investigation Effort

Department of Energy
October 18, 2019

News Roundup: Corruption, Plain and Simple

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
October 18, 2019

Court Calls for Hearing on Emergency Motion for Ukraine Documents

Department of State
October 11, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment, Obstruction, and More Questions about Rick Perry

Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security
October 9, 2019

Early Trump Administration — and McAleenan — Communications About Immigration Policy

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
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 4, 2019

Former Top Civil Rights Official John Gore Made Misleading Statements in Declaration to Federal Court

Department of Justice
October 4, 2019

Pompeo’s Obstructionism Won’t Work

Department of State
October 2, 2019

Pompeo’s Letter Is the Trump Administration’s Opening Salvo of Obstruction

Department of State
October 1, 2019

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

Department of State
September 27, 2019

News Roundup: From the Top Down

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Collier County - Florida, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Management and Budget
September 25, 2019

Release of Trump–Zelensky Call Readout Raises Questions About Justice Department Involvement

Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury
September 20, 2019

News Roundup: Trump, Giuliani, and Ukraine

Administration for Children and Families, Agency for International Development, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, 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, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Reserve, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Institutes of Health, Starr County - Texas, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
September 18, 2019

In the Documents: Texas Elections Officials’ Close Ties to ‘Voter Fraud’ Activists

Starr County - Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State
September 13, 2019

News Roundup: Photos of Detention Centers for Migrant Children; Stephen Miller’s Hand in Immigration Policy

Administration for Children and Families, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS Office of Inspector General, Small Business Administration
September 12, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks State Department Records of Jared Kushner’s Middle East Trips

Department of State
September 8, 2019

Photos from Inside Detention Centers for Migrant Children

Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Office of Inspector General
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
August 30, 2019

News Roundup: Remain in Mexico’s Harmful Effects and Trump’s Dangerous Impatience

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Geological Survey
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
July 19, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating the Fallout from Spring’s DHS Shakeup

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tennessee Valley Authority
June 27, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security Doesn’t Know Where Trump Got Those Immigration Numbers, Either

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
June 18, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records to Shed Light on Deaths of Detainees in DHS Custody

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
June 13, 2019

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

Customs and Border Protection
June 7, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration
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 24, 2019

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, 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 Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Taylor County - Florida
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
May 3, 2019

News Roundup: Above the Law

Congress, 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 Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
May 3, 2019

New Evidence of Emoluments Violations Prompts American Oversight Lawsuit

Department of Justice, Department of State
April 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues HUD for Communications Related to Sale of Trump-Tied Housing Complex

Department of Housing and Urban Development
April 24, 2019

American Oversight and ACLU of Massachusetts Sue DHS for Border Security Plan

April 17, 2019

Why Congress — and the American People — Deserve to See Trump’s Tax Returns

Congress, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, White House
April 12, 2019

News Roundup: DeVos, Mnuchin, Barr Testify in Congress

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Congress, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Defense, 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 the Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency
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 25, 2019

The Corruption Continues: Mueller Has Finished His Work. American Oversight Has Not.

March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

March 12, 2019

Investigating the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Sell Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, International Trade Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
March 8, 2019

News Roundup: Lawsuits Against Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services

March 8, 2019

Watchdogs Sue HHS Following Women’s Health Website Overhaul

Department of Health and Human Services
March 4, 2019

FBI Headquarters Investigation: Agencies Refusing to Search for Records of Trump Interference to Protect Hotel

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
February 5, 2019

Lawsuit: Why Did Government-Run Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stay Open During the Shutdown?

General Services Administration, National Park Service, Office of Management and Budget
February 1, 2019

News Roundup: More Troops at the Border Means More Questions for the Administration

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security
January 31, 2019

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

Department of Justice
January 24, 2019

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

Department of Defense
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration
January 11, 2019

News Roundup: The Administration’s Misleading Claims About Terrorists at the Southern Border

Department of Homeland Security
January 9, 2019

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

Department of Defense
January 3, 2019

Government Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stays Open Despite Shutdown and We Want to Know Why

December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 12, 2018

Audit the Wall: No Plans, Funding or Timeline — And No Wall

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State
December 5, 2018

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

Administration for Children and Families, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, HHS Office of Inspector General, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
November 19, 2018

Ivanka Trump Email Investigation Sparked by American Oversight FOIAs

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
November 8, 2018

American Oversight Sues State Department for Trump Organization, Kushner Companies Records

Department of State
October 23, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks Details of White House, Trump Organization Involvement in FBI Headquarters Decision

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
October 18, 2018

Inside the Documents: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Calendars

Department of Commerce
June 6, 2018

USTR Emails Reveal Tensions, Inconsistencies in Trump Administration’s NAFTA Strategy

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
May 3, 2018

Court Rules in Favor of American Oversight in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

General Services Administration
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 9, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks DHS Border Wall Emails with White House, Fox News, Border States

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
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 20, 2017

American Oversight Expands Investigation into Tax Bill

Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget
December 19, 2017

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

Department of Defense
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
December 11, 2017

State Department Emails Show How Embassy Websites Promoted Mar-a-Lago

Department of State
November 30, 2017

New FOIAs Seek Treasury Department’s Secret Tax Bill Analyisis

Department of the Treasury
November 8, 2017

Statement on Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Department of Justice
November 3, 2017

American Oversight Launches ‘NAFTA Watch’

Department of Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
November 2, 2017

FOIA In Action: Helping Journalists Expose Questionable Behavior By Trump’s Appointees

Department of Education, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration
October 31, 2017

American Oversight Sues State Department for Records Showing Efforts to Compel Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

Department of State
October 24, 2017

Texts Show SBA Staff Tried to “Crop the Opulence” from Trump Hotel Event

Small Business Administration
October 17, 2017

Health Care Lawsuit: Fighting for Transparency

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
October 17, 2017

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

Department of Justice
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
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 4, 2017

Ethics 101: Twitter Ads Follow President Trump to Bedminster, NJ

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
August 1, 2017

Statement on Waiver of Environmental Regulations for Border Wall

July 26, 2017

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

Federal Communications Commission
July 24, 2017

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
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 19, 2017

American Oversight Demands Answers about Outsourcing of Carrier Jobs

Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
July 13, 2017

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

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
July 11, 2017

Investigation of Trump Administration Actions and the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Department of Justice
June 28, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Sues GSA for Trump International Hotel Lease Records

General Services Administration
June 16, 2017

Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit on Trump Border Wall

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Office of Management and Budget
May 24, 2017

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

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 16, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Comey-Trump Memos

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

Letter to Burr and Warner: Senate Should Request Trump-Comey Tapes

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 10, 2017

Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 10, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for IG Investigation of Sessions for Violating Recusal

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
May 3, 2017

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

Department of State
April 26, 2017

American Oversight Seeks Release of FCC Net Neutrality Communications

Federal Communications Commission
April 25, 2017

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

Department of State
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 29, 2017

Call for GSA Inspector General to Review Trump Hotel Lease Decision

General Services Administration
March 28, 2017

Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Build Border Wall South of Rio Grande

Department of the Interior
March 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation of President Trump’s Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security
March 23, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Secret Health Care Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
March 22, 2017

Statement on Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ Actions

March 17, 2017

American Oversight Calls on Congress to Investigate Trump Aide’s Reported Ties to Nazi Group

Office of Government Ethics, White House