News Roundup: Pardons, Partisans and Our Endangered Democracy

It’s impossible to overstate the gravity of America’s current political situation. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe and the constitutional right to obtain an abortion — plus a host of other decisions the court’s radicalized conservative wing has handed down that chip away at democracy and basic rights — comes at the same time we are witnessing a frighteningly and rapidly warming Earth, a systematic weakening of voting rights, a disturbing acceleration of political and physical attacks on LGBTQ+ individuals, and millions who are still in thrall to a disgraced president who attempted to destroy our democracy.

As the Dobbs decision demonstrates, so many of our rights and so much of our democracy are in the hands of state governments, which as Politico reports are increasingly being targeted by those seeking to influence politics. American Oversight has for years now been using our open-records expertise to investigate threats to our democracy, including attacks on voting rights and the continuing efforts to advance the Big Lie.

Below is an update on our ongoing work to fight back against those threats. We have the latest from our litigation in Wisconsin, as well as a summary of this week’s hearings in the Jan. 6 committee, which focused on former President Trump’s pressure campaign on state officials to go along with the fake-electors scheme as well as his effort to turn the U.S. Justice Department into a corrupt arm of his campaign.

Jan. 6 Hearings

Tuesday: The committee’s fourth public hearing looked at the ploy to replace several swing states’ valid electors with “alternate” slates of Trump supporters.

  • Witnesses included Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and state election official Gabriel Sterling, who refused to go along with Trump’s lies about voter fraud in their state; Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who rejected Trump allies’ requests that he support decertification of his state’s electors; and Shaye Moss, an elections worker in Georgia’s Fulton County who along with her mother was falsely accused of helping rig the election for Biden.
  • The witnesses recounted their experience with being harassed and threatened by election deniers. The testimony from Moss, who was there with her mother, Ruby Freeman, was particularly wrenching. 
  • “A lot of threats, wishing death upon me, telling me that, you know, I’ll be in jail with my mother and saying things like, ‘Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920,’” Moss said, describing how her life had dramatically changed since the election.

The committee presented evidence that Trump was directly involved in the fake-electors plan, having called RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to connect her with lawyer John Eastman to discuss the effort. 

  • Members of Congress were also involved: Rep. Andy Biggs approached Bowers about the scheme, and on Jan. 6 an aide to Sen. Ron Johnson told an aide for Vice President Pence that Johnson “needs to hand” the alternate slate to Pence. (“Do not give that to him,” Pence’s aide replied.)
  • After denying his participation in the effort, Johnson said the documents came from Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and that he had connected Wisconsin attorney Jim Troupis with his chief of staff via text that morning. Kelly denied Johnson’s claim. 

Thursday: Witnesses at Thursday’s hearing included former top Justice Department officials who rejected Trump’s efforts to use the department to overturn his loss and, by threatening mass resignations, prevented Trump from replacing the acting attorney general with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who would have done his bidding and in the process unleashed a constitutional crisis.

  • Clark’s goal was to send a letter to Georgia state officials claiming that the department had evidence of significant election fraud and asking them to consider naming an alternate slate of electors.
  • Clark worked on the letter with an attorney named Ken Klukowski, who had just been transferred to DOJ on Dec. 15, 2020. Klukowski also worked with Eastman.
  • The committee also revealed that several members of Congress had sought pardons in the waning days of the Trump presidency. “The only reason I know to ask for a pardon is if you committed a crime,” said committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
  • Those who were identified as seeking pardons were Reps. Mo Brooks (who also sought “all purpose” pardons for lawmakers who objected to the certification of electoral votes), Louie Gohmert, Andy Biggs, Scott Perry (who had introduced Clark to Trump), and Matt Gaetz (who, according to former White House official Cassidy Hutchinson, had been pushing for a broad pardon since early December). A White House staffer said she had heard Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene asked for one as well.

One of the common themes of the hearings has been that Trump allies knew that there was no truth in the allegations of a stolen election, and that the fake-electors plan had no legal basis. 

  • Trump himself was repeatedly told that his voter-fraud allegations were false. His legal team and allies were told — and in some instances acknowledged that the plan to use alternate electors was unsound and possibly illegal.
  • White House lawyer Eric Herschmann said that he had explicitly told Clark that the attempt to take over the Justice Department and send the letter to Georgia officials “would be committing a felony.”
  • The Justice Department this week issued more subpoenas in its investigation of the fake-electors plan, including to Republican Party officials and members of Trump’s campaign. (One of them, former campaign official Thomas Lane, appears in documents we recently obtained, showing that he helped make staffing decisions for the discredited Arizona election “audit.”)
  • On Wednesday, federal authorities conducted a search of Clark’s home

The select committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said that the remaining hearings would now take place in July, after the House reconvenes the week of July 11. Here are other headlines related to the investigation:

  • DOJ wants to know if Sidney Powell is funding Oath Keepers’ defense (Washington Post)
  • Jan. 6 committee hearing into Capitol riot shows numerous ties to Arizona in effort to overturn election (Arizona Republic)
  • Speaker at meeting of Ginni Thomas group called Biden’s win illegitimate long after Jan. 6, video shows (Washington Post)
  • FBI seizes Nevada GOP chairman’s phone as part of fake elector investigations (KLAS 8 Las Vegas)
  • Judge delays Proud Boys trial amid Jan. 6 committee uncertainty (Politico)
  • Alex Holder, documentary filmmaker, emerges as Jan. 6 witness (New York Times)

Wisconsin Litigation Update: ‘Did I Delete Documents? Yes, I did.’

On Thursday, American Oversight returned to court in its ongoing lawsuit for public records from the Wisconsin Assembly’s partisan investigation of the 2020 election. During the hearing, Michael Gableman — the lawyer heading the inquiry — said he had frequently destroyed or disposed of records that he deemed not to be “helpful” to his inquiry, including notes that he took during trips to Arizona and to election denier Mike Lindell’s “symposium” in South Dakota in August 2021. “Did I delete documents? Yes, I did,” Gableman said. 

  • At issue in this hearing was the question of whether the Assembly and Speaker Robin Vos had done enough to comply with a previous court order to release documents from the early months of the election review. Vos and the Assembly had argued that they were unable to compel Gableman to turn over records. 
  • Ultimately, the judge concluded that — given the likely deletion of records — there was nothing further the Assembly and Vos could do. 

The hearing also revealed new details about Gableman’s early work on the election inquiry.

  • Gableman testified that in July and August 2021, when he was drawing a taxpayer-funded $11,000 monthly salary, he did very little substantive work for the review.
  • At that time, according to Gableman, he “did not have a very sophisticated or intricate understanding” of election processes, and most of his early work involved conducting research at a public library, where he said he took notes and printed articles.
  • See what else we learned from the hearing and our ongoing investigation here.

The Coronavirus Pandemic

Children under the age of 5 began receiving their first vaccine doses this week. With only 10 percent of pharmacies expected to have the vaccine available for young children, most shots will be provided by pediatricians, presenting challenges in reaching out to families without doctors or insurance. Some distributors are also hesitating to stock up on shots out of concerns about vaccine waste resulting from large batches and low demand. And some parents are unsure about vaccinating their young kids right away, partly because of the perception that the virus is less severe for children.

  • Florida is now allowing doctors’ offices to order pediatric vaccines, after being the only state to pass on the opportunity to pre-order vaccines for kids. Gov. Ron DeSantis faced public pressure to embrace vaccines for children, including from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
  • U.S.-based Covid test manufacturers are scaling back production and considering layoffs as demand falls and federal funding disappears, raising concerns that the country may be ill-prepared for a fall or winter wave.
  • The Biden administration is torn between public messaging celebrating the pandemic’s supposed end and a more serious outlook in its battle for additional relief funding, Stat reports.
  • Former coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said that Trump White House officials had her edit and delete parts of weekly guidance to states to downplay the threat of the virus.

Official case counts are averaging about 96,000 per day, and hospitalizations are slightly under 30,000 per day. Deaths are among the lowest rates of the pandemic, but are still slightly under 300 per day.

  • Residents of socially and economically disadvantaged communities were half as likely to be prescribed oral antivirals than patients in wealthier areas, according to a CDC study of more than 1 million prescriptions.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience long-term symptoms and illness from a Covid-19 infection, according to a recent study of more than 1 million patients.
  • Universal health care could have saved more than 330,000 lives and more than $100 billion in medical expenses during the pandemic, according to researchers from Yale. 
  • The federal government should expand its public health role and better coordinate state, local, and tribal health systems, according to recommendations in a report released by a bipartisan panel of experts funded by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund.

Other Stories We’re Following

The Big Lie
  • Texas Republicans declare Biden election illegitimate, despite evidence (Reuters)
  • U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns (Arizona Mirror)
  • Feds step up investigation of ‘fake’ Georgia GOP electors (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • New Mexico county certifies election results, bowing to court order (Washington Post)
  • Republicans call for thorough review of 2020 Spokane County election, but county officials unlikely to be able to fulfill request (Spokesman-Review)
  • DeSantis said legislatures could give election to Trump, a month before Eastman (Sun-Sentinel)
  • American Grifters: Meet the MAGA army profiting off Trump’s election lies (Vice)
  • Inside the MAGA world scramble to produce findings suggesting the 2020 election was stolen (Los Angeles Times)
In the States
  • Lawmakers add pilots for “smart” drop boxes, special ballots to Arizona budget bill (Votebeat)
  • $53.3 million. 33 jobs. No plan. That’s how Mississippi lawmakers are spending BP oil spill money. (ProPublica)
  • Ohio health department fires employee over abortion drug reference in newsletter (Ohio Capital Journal)
  • South Dakota removes its attorney general after fatal crash (New York Times)
  • White parents rallied to chase a Black educator out of town. Then, they followed her to the next one. (ProPublica)
National News
  • FDA orders Juul e-cigarettes off the market, citing insufficient and conflicting data (Washington Post)
  • Biden wants new protections for trans students, sexual assault survivors (Washington Post)
  • Forest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze (Washington Post)
  • A letter reveals 20 Republican senators defended a machine gun loophole months before the Uvalde shooter used it (Grid)
  • Coins depicting Border Patrol agent grabbing Haitian migrant trigger investigation (Los Angeles Times)
Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court says Maine cannot deny tuition aid to religious schools (Washington Post)
  • Supreme Court finds N.Y. law violates right to carry guns outside home (Washington Post)
  • Supreme Court allows GOP leaders in North Carolina to defend state voter ID law (Politico)
  • Supreme Court limits ability to enforce Miranda rights (CNN)

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News Roundup: Stifling Dissent

April 21, 2021

Rooting Out Corruption in Government: What Will It Take?

April 20, 2021

American Oversight Sues Justice Department for Records of Efforts to Overturn Election

Department of Justice, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Civil Rights Division
April 16, 2021

News Roundup: Racial Justice Protests, Extremism in the Military, and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigration Measures

April 15, 2021

Records Reveal New Details About Rush of Federal Deputations for Controversial Operation Legend Program

Department of Justice, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service
April 8, 2021

News Roundup: From Georgia to Arizona

April 6, 2021

American Oversight Launches Investigation of Arizona Senate’s Partisan Election Audit

Arizona House of Representatives, Arizona Senate
April 5, 2021

Covid-19 Oversight News: Increasing Case Numbers, Updated CDC Guidance, and the Pandemic in Prisons

April 1, 2021

News Roundup: Georgia’s Attack on Voting Rights

Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
March 30, 2021

Documents Show Far-Right Influence at Trump Commerce Department

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
March 26, 2021

Arizona Attorney General Calendar Released to American Oversight Excludes Jan. 6

Arizona Attorney General
March 25, 2021

News Roundup: The Big Lie Becomes Big Policy

Arizona Attorney General, Texas, Texas - Brazoria County, Texas Secretary of State
March 24, 2021

One Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic: The Federal Response

March 18, 2021

News Roundup: Spotlight on the States

March 17, 2021

Seven Reforms to FOIA and Record-Keeping to Improve Transparency and Accountability

March 16, 2021

Investigations Update: Covid-19 in Immigration Detention, MPD’s Kettling of Protesters, and Covid-19 Liability Shields

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, District of Columbia, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Florida - Flagler County, Georgia, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Illinois House of Representatives, New Jersey - Barnegat Township, New York - Malta, Ohio - Marysville City, Ohio - Van Wert County, Texas Department of Agriculture
March 12, 2021

News Roundup: The Battles for the Last Election and the Next One

March 10, 2021

American Oversight Sues for Records About Trump’s Actions During Jan. 6 Attack

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau
March 9, 2021

American Oversight Sues for Top Officials’ Communications from Day of Capitol Riot

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel
March 5, 2021

USAID Watchdog Report Sheds Light on U.S. Ventilator Exports During Pandemic

U.S. Agency for International Development
March 4, 2021

News Roundup: The Lie Lives On

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - United States Secret Service, Ohio Department of Education, White House - Office of Management and Budget
March 4, 2021

Transportation Dept. Watchdog Says Former Secretary Elaine Chao Misused Her Office, Echoing American Oversight Investigations

Department of Transportation
March 2, 2021

Investigations Update: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Facilities, New Arizona Voting-Restriction Bills

Arizona House of Representatives, Arizona Senate, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Georgia, Georgia Building Authority, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Technology Authority, New Mexico - Otero County, Oklahoma - Canadian County, South Dakota Office of the Governor
March 2, 2021

American Oversight Obtains Seven Phony Certificates of Pro-Trump Electors

National Archives and Records Administration
February 26, 2021

American Oversight Challenges Excessive Redactions in USPS Chief Louis DeJoy’s Calendar

United States Postal Service
February 23, 2021

Investigations Update: Texas Energy Crisis, Covid-19 in Poultry Plants, and New Legislation in Missouri

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, DOD - Department of the Army, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Missouri House of Representatives, Missouri Senate, Texas, Texas Office of the Governor
February 23, 2021

Questions About Jan. 6 Capitol Attack Remain as Senate Investigates

Department of Homeland Security
February 18, 2021

News Roundup: Power Failures and Power Plays

Department of Justice, Georgia - Glynn County, Georgia - Hall County, Georgia Secretary of State
February 16, 2021

Investigations Update: State Pandemic Responses, Space Command Headquarters Location, and Trump’s Refusal to Concede

Arizona Office of the Governor, Department of Defense, Department of State, DOD - Defense Health Agency, DOD - Department of the Air Force, Florida, Florida Office of the Governor, Idaho Office of the Governor, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, U.S. Agency for Global Media, Wyoming Office of the Governor
February 11, 2021

News Roundup: Trump’s Second Impeachment

Department of Education, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
February 11, 2021

Campaign Against Corporate Complicity Cautions Previous Lobbying Firm and Clients of Former Secretary Bernhardt

Department of the Interior
February 9, 2021

Investigations Update: Florida Vaccine Distribution, Anti-Protest Measures, and Trump’s Efforts to Overturn Georgia’s Election Results

Federal Election Commission, Florida, Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Senate, Georgia, Georgia Attorney General, National Archives and Records Administration, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Senate
February 8, 2021

American Oversight Expands Lawsuit for HHS Officials’ Pandemic-Related Text Messages

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration
February 5, 2021

News Roundup: New Voting-Restriction Bills and the Upcoming Round of Redistricting

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Georgia Department of Community Health, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health
February 4, 2021

Where Did the Money Go? A Summary of Findings from CARES Act Investigations

February 2, 2021

Investigations Update: The Efforts by Trump — and Top Officials — to Overturn the Election

Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Civil Rights Division, Maryland Department of Legislative Services, Missouri House of Representatives, Oklahoma Attorney General, Texas, Texas Attorney General, West Virginia Attorney General
January 22, 2021

News Roundup: Looking Ahead

January 19, 2021

Investigations Update: West Virginia Lawmaker’s Involvement in Capitol Attack and Trump’s Attempts to Overturn Georgia Election Results

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, District of Columbia, District of Columbia Mayor's Office, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOD - National Security Agency, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Office of Personnel Management, VA - Veterans Health Administration, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
January 19, 2021

DHS Claims No Records of Communications with White House About Firing of CISA Director Chris Krebs

Department of Homeland Security
January 19, 2021

Records Highlight Difference in Trump Administration’s Response to Racial Justice Protests and Attack on Capitol

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
January 13, 2021

Investigations Update: The Attack on the Capitol, Georgia U.S. Attorney’s Resignation, and White House Meeting with State Attorneys General

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Federal Protective Service, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Attorney General
January 7, 2021

News Roundup: A Dark Day

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, White House
January 7, 2021

American Oversight Statement on Trump-Incited Mob Attack on Capitol

January 5, 2021

Investigations Update: Trump’s Election-Stealing Efforts in Georgia, DeJoy’s Communications, and Giroir’s Covid-19 Text Messages

Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, United States Postal Service
January 5, 2021

American Oversight Demands Records of Raffensperger, Kemp Communications with White House and Trump Lawyers

Georgia, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State
December 30, 2020

American Oversight Sues Georgia’s Muscogee County for Records Related to Voter-Registration Challenges

Georgia - Muscogee County
December 22, 2020

American Oversight Seeks Records of Communications Between Georgia Election Officials and Voter-Purge Group

Georgia - Athens-Clarke County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Forsyth, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Macon-Bibb County, Georgia - Muscogee County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia - Walton County
December 22, 2020

Investigations Update: Voting Rights in Georgia, Trump Loyalists at the Pentagon, and Giuliani’s Dubious Investigations

Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Georgia - Athens-Clarke County, Georgia - Baldwin County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Floyd County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Macon-Bibb County, Georgia - Spalding County, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration
December 16, 2020

Documents from March and April Reveal Cozy White House Private-Sector Communications About Pandemic

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
December 15, 2020

Investigations Update: Political Interference in Coronavirus Data, Texas Election Lawsuit, and State Officials’ Voter-Fraud Allegations

Arizona House of Representatives, Department of Health and Human Service, Florida Attorney General, Florida Department of Health, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia, Georgia - Baldwin County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Floyd County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Spalding County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas, Texas Attorney General, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Elections Commission
December 9, 2020

Documents Provide New Details Regarding Trump’s Irregular Pardon of Scooter Libby in 2018

Department of Justice
December 8, 2020

Investigations Update: Preservation of White House Communications, Federally Deputized Portland Police, Trump Aide Banned from DOJ

Arizona Office of the Governor, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Office of Justice Programs, Florida Department of Health, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Office of the Governor, Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Oregon - City of Portland, Oregon - Portland Police Bureau, Texas Secretary of State
December 3, 2020

News Roundup: As Covid-19 Rages, Trump Offers Rants and Reprieves

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, White House
December 1, 2020

Investigations Update: ‘Burrowing In,’ Medicaid Block Grants, and Pennsylvania County Election Certifications

Commerce - Census Bureau, Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DOD - National Security Agency, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of Personnel Management, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania - Luzerne County
December 1, 2020

Steep Price Tag for Chad Wolf’s Trip to Portland During July Protests

Department of Homeland Security
November 24, 2020

Investigations Update: Krebs’ Firing, Federal Record Preservation Laws, and Trump’s Contacts with Michigan Officials

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Service, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Small Business Administration, Texas, Texas Military Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, VA - Veterans Health Administration, White House - Office of Management and Budget
November 23, 2020

Investigating the Firing of Key Election Security Official Who Defied Trump

Department of Homeland Security
November 19, 2020

News Roundup: Overstepping Authority and Undermining Democracy

Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, General Services Administration
November 17, 2020

Investigations Update: ‘Sharpiegate,’ the Census, and Barr’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Investigations

Arizona House of Representatives, Commerce Office of the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, District of Columbia, District of Columbia Mayor's Office, DOJ - Civil Rights Division, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Missouri - City of St. Louis Mayor's Office, Oregon - City of Portland, Oregon - Portland Mayor's Office, Wisconsin, Wisconsin - Kenosha Mayor's Office
November 12, 2020

News Roundup: Trump’s Warped Priorities

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, General Services Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 12, 2020

American Oversight Launches Investigation into Wisconsin, Arizona Officials Repeating Trump Campaign’s Voter Fraud Allegations

November 10, 2020

American Oversight Launches Document Preservation Initiative

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State, National Archives and Records Administration, White House
November 6, 2020

News Roundup: Lessons from Election Week

November 5, 2020

State and Local Officials’ Communications with Voting-Restriction Activists and Groups

Florida, Florida - Broward County, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida - Osceola County, Florida - Palm Beach County, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia, Georgia - Clayton County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Texas, Texas - Cameron County, Texas - Dallas County, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State
October 29, 2020

Open Questions About Trump Administration Policies

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, White House
October 27, 2020

Investigations Update: Poll Watchers, Vaccine Communications, and Continued Political Interference in Pandemic Response

Arizona - Pinal County, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida, Florida - Alachua County, Florida - Brevard County, Florida - Pinellas County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, HHS - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Montana Secretary of State, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Oregon - Grant County, Oregon - Morrow County, Pennsylvania - Beaver County, Small Business Administration, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Rockwall County, Washington - Klickitat County, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Wisconsin - Oshkosh County, Wisconsin - Waukesha County
October 24, 2020

Georgia Officials Confirm: Voting by Mail Is Secure, Accurate

Georgia - Glynn County, Georgia - Hall County, Georgia Secretary of State
October 21, 2020

Pompeo’s Use of Personal Email While CIA Director Highlights State Department’s Failure to Produce His Emails as Secretary

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State
October 20, 2020

Investigations Update: Hatch Act Violations, Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts, and South Carolina Ballots

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, DOD - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina Senate, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Senate, South Carolina - Georgetown County, South Carolina - Richland County, South Carolina Election Committee, Treasury - Comptroller of the Currency, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Senate
October 15, 2020

News Roundup: Restricting the Vote

Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Georgia, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Secretary of State
October 14, 2020

American Oversight Sues Georgia Secretary of State for Records Related to Elections

Georgia, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia Secretary of State
October 8, 2020

News Roundup: The Real Dangers

Arizona Office of the Governor, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, Florida Department of State, Georgia - Gwinnett County, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House
October 6, 2020

Investigations Update: The White House Outbreak, the Administration’s Naturalization Policy, and Texas’ Ballot Drop Boxes

Arizona Secretary of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Iowa Secretary of State, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, New Mexico Secretary of State, North Carolina, Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget
October 6, 2020

DOJ Finds ‘No Responsive Records’ About Outside Agitators at George Floyd Protests

Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
October 2, 2020

New Documents Highlight 2018 Tech Woes in Florida’s Online Voter Registration System

Florida, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Palm Beach County, Florida Department of State
October 1, 2020

News Roundup: White Nationalism, Voter Suppression, and Trump’s Taxes

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, United States Postal Service
September 29, 2020

Investigations Update: Coronavirus Safety Measures, USAGM Lobbying, and Voting by Mail Alarmism

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ Office of the Inspector General, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Agency for Global Media
September 25, 2020

News Roundup: Behind the Trump Administration’s Supreme Court Nominations

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
September 23, 2020

Investigations Update: New Kentucky Voter Fraud Task Force Lawsuit, and Our Supreme Court Short List Investigation

Commerce - International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Florida, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Supreme Court, Georgia, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - State Records Center, Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, United States Postal Service
September 22, 2020

American Oversight Sues for Records Related to Kentucky’s Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky Attorney General
September 21, 2020

American Oversight Sues USPS for Postmaster General DeJoy’s Emails and Directives

United States Postal Service, White House
September 17, 2020

News Roundup: Behind the Scenes at the Postal Service

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Postal Service
September 17, 2020

Documents Show DeJoy Hired Staff with Ties to His Businesses

United States Postal Service
September 15, 2020

Investigations Update: DeJoy’s Calendars, Barr’s False Voting Fraud Story, and Delays in Prescription Deliveries

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, United States Postal Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration
September 15, 2020

American Oversight Sues USPS for Postmaster General DeJoy’s Calendars

United States Postal Service
September 14, 2020

Covid-19 Oversight News: Scientific Integrity Concerns and Anti-Immigration Opportunism

September 10, 2020

News Roundup: What Trump Knew, and What We Know

Congress, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, State Office of the Inspector General, United States Postal Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration, White House
September 9, 2020

Investigations Update: Pompeo’s RNC Speech, DeJoy’s Calendars, and Kentucky’s Voter Fraud Task Force

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DOD - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, DOD - Defense Logistics Agency, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS Office of the Inspector General, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Small Business Administration, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
September 3, 2020

News Roundup: Sowing Confusion and Discord

Congress, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DOJ - National Security Division, Federal Election Commission, New Hampshire Office of the Governor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, United States Postal Service, Wisconsin Office of the Governor
September 1, 2020

Investigations Update: Operation Legend, Crossfire Hurricane, and the Rush for a Coronavirus Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - National Security Division, Federal Communications Commission, Georgia - Sumter County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Illinois - Chicago Mayor's Office, Illinois - Chicago Police Department, Illinois - Office of the Governor, Missouri - Kansas City Mayor's Office, Missouri - Office of the Governor, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, New Mexico - Albuquerque Mayor's Office, New Mexico - Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico Office of the Governor, North Carolina, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ohio - City of Cleveland Mayor's Office, Ohio - Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio Office of the Governor, United States Postal Service, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service, White House, Wisconsin - Milwaukee County, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Mayor's Office, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Office of the Governor
August 25, 2020

Investigations Update: Attorney General Barr’s Conduct, Airline Industry Influence, and Trump’s Suggestion to Postpone the Election

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, DOT - Federal Aviation Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Postal Service
August 18, 2020

Investigations Update: Postal Service Sabotage, Covid-19 Operation Warp Speed, and Portland Protest Deployment Costs

Central Intelligence Agency, Colorado Attorney General, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, DHS - Federal Protective Service, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - United States Coast Guard, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, DOL - Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, White House - Office of Management and Budget
August 13, 2020

News Roundup: A White House At War with the People

DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, White House
August 11, 2020

Investigations Update: Covid-19 Medical Supplies Lawsuit, Rio Grande Valley Outbreak, and Operation Legend

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOD - National Security Agency, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Justice Programs, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, North Carolina Attorney General, Texas - Hidalgo County, Texas - Starr County, Texas Attorney General, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Office of the Governor, U.S. Agency for International Development
August 10, 2020

Barr Continues to Comment on Ongoing Durham Investigation — Even as Justice Dept. Withholds Documents About It from Public

Department of Justice
August 7, 2020

American Oversight Sues for Records of Federal Protest Crackdown

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOD - National Guard Bureau
August 6, 2020

News Roundup: The Levers of Power

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Justice, United States Postal Service
August 4, 2020

Investigations Update: DHS Intelligence Efforts in Portland, the Politicization of Key Government Agency, and the Pandemic’s Impact on Census

Arizona Attorney General, Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Georgia Office of the Governor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, State Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Agency for Global Media, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
July 30, 2020

News Roundup: Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor … Trump’s Political Interference

Department of Education, Department of Justice, United States Postal Service
July 28, 2020

Investigations Update: ‘Burrowing In,’ Voter Fraud Task Forces, and Federal Law Enforcement

Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Office of the Governor, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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 State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DHS Office of Inspector General, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ Office of the Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Attorney General, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Kentucky Attorney General, Kentucky Secretary of State, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Nevada Secretary of State, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Personnel Management, Oklahoma Attorney General, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Oregon - Portland Independent Police Review Division, Oregon - Portland Mayor's Office, Oregon - Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Office of the Governor, Small Business Administration, U.S. Agency for Global Media, U.S. Agency for International Development, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Wisconsin Elections Commission
July 24, 2020

News Roundup: The Political Theater of ‘Operation Legend’

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, State Office of the Inspector General
July 21, 2020

Investigations Update: Trump Administration’s Occupation of Portland, CDC Hospital Data, and the Republican Convention

California Department of Public Health, California Department of Technology, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida - Jacksonville Mayor’s Office, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Management Services, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Technology Authority, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Health, New York State Office of Information Technology Services, Small Business Administration, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Office of the Governor, Wisconsin - Waukesha County
July 17, 2020

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Escalation of Aggression Against Portland Protesters

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
July 17, 2020

News Roundup: Transparency in Hospital Data, and Barr’s Meetings with Giuliani and Gowdy

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House - Office of Management and Budget
July 14, 2020

Investigations Update: Militarization of Police, Covid-19 in Migrant Detention Centers, and Barr’s Political Interference

Central Intelligence Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DOD - Defense Logistics Agency, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Florida - Palm Beach County, General Services Administration
July 8, 2020

Investigations Update: Mike Pompeo’s Abuses of Office, Trump’s Loyalty Purges, and Caring for Uninsured Covid-19 Patients

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Department of State, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, HHS - Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Iowa Office of the Governor, Iowa Secretary of State, National Credit Union Administration, Nevada Office of the Governor, Nevada Secretary of State, New Hampshire Office of the Governor, North Carolina House of Representatives, Office of Personnel Management, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Office of the Governor, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio Senate, Small Business Administration, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
June 30, 2020

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

Arizona Department of Health Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida Department of Health, New Hampshire Attorney General, New Hampshire Office of the Governor, New Hampshire Secretary of State, North Carolina Department of Health, Oklahoma - Tulsa County, Oklahoma Department of Health, Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas - Cameron County, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Nueces County, Texas - Tarrant County, Texas - Travis County, Texas Attorney General, U.S. Agency for International Development
June 24, 2020

In the Documents: Partisan Communications Between Wisconsin Elections Commission Members and State Lawmakers

Wisconsin Elections Commission, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
June 23, 2020

The Federal Government’s Latest Attempt to Delay the Release of Coronavirus Documents

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration
June 19, 2020

Barr’s Policing Commission Undermines Community Trust and Violates Federal Law

Department of Justice
June 19, 2020

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Civil Rights Division, DOT Office of Inspector General, Florida - Jacksonville Mayor’s Office, Florida Department of Health, Florida Office of the Governor, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Credit Union Administration, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Small Business Administration, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Treasury - Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
June 12, 2020

News Roundup: Georgia’s Disastrous Election, the Administration’s Alarming Protest Response, and Barr’s Troubling Tenure

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, District of Columbia Mayor's Office, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Justice Management Division, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida Department of State, Maryland - Baltimore Mayor's Office, Nevada Secretary of State, New Jersey Department of Human Services, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Office of the Mayor, New York Police Department, New York State Department of Health, New York State Office for the Aging, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio Senate, State Office of the Inspector General, Texas Secretary of State, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget, Wisconsin Elections Commission
June 11, 2020

In the Documents: Florida Health Department Efforts to Suppress Release of Coronavirus Records

Florida - Miami-Dade County
June 11, 2020

American Oversight Files Lawsuit for Records of Political Interference at USPS Related to Covid-19 and Vote by Mail

United States Postal Service
June 8, 2020

Voter Fraud Task Forces and Their Threat to Democracy

Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Secretary of State
June 5, 2020

News Roundup: Trump and Barr Unleash Attack on Protesters — and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, DOT - Federal Aviation Administration, Florida Department of State, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Senate, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Washington - King County
June 1, 2020

Tips for Filing Public Records Requests in Your State or City

May 29, 2020

News Roundup: A Somber Week After Memorial Day

Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOD - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Security Agency, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, North Carolina Department of Health, North Carolina Office of the Governor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Agency for Global Media, Wisconsin - Brown County, Wisconsin - Dane County, Wisconsin - Milwaukee County, Wisconsin - Outagamie County, Wisconsin - Waukesha County, Wisconsin - Winnebago County
May 22, 2020

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DOD - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Athens-Clarke County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Secretary of State, Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Small Business Administration, State Office of the Inspector General, Texas - Bexar County, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Travis County, Texas - Webb County, Texas Department of State Health Services, U.S. Agency for International Development, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
May 21, 2020

American Oversight Sues Administration for Documentation of Detention Center Covid Response

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons
May 15, 2020

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, 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 the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, DOT - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Department of Corrections, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Louisiana - New Orleans Mayor's Office, Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Office of the Governor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Office of the Mayor, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Health, Small Business Administration, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget, Wisconsin Elections Commission
May 12, 2020

Chaos, Confusion and Obfuscation at DHS Around Family Separation

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
May 8, 2020

News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - United States Coast Guard, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOD - U.S. Marine Corps, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Criminal Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Election Commission, Georgia - Troup County, Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Agency for International Development, White House - Office of Management and Budget
May 1, 2020

News Roundup: Protecting the Right to Vote During a Pandemic

Arizona - Yuma County, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Indiana Secretary of State, Iowa Secretary of State, Kentucky Secretary of State, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, New Jersey - Essex County, New Orleans, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, Wisconsin Elections Commission
April 24, 2020

News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, 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 Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Department of Corrections, General Services Administration, Georgia - Albany-Dougherty County, Georgia - Chatham County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Macon-Bibb County, Georgia - Muscogee County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Department of Community Health, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Illinois - Cook County, Texas Health and Human Services, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
April 21, 2020

The Administration’s Attempts to Stonewall Investigations of Trump FBI Headquarters Interference Stumble in Court

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, White House - Office of Management and Budget
April 17, 2020

News Roundup: Who Stands to Gain?

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Reserve, Florida, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Tybee Island City, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
April 3, 2020

News Roundup: Whose Stockpile, and Which States?

California Office of the Governor, Central Intelligence Agency, Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security, 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, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida - Broward County, Florida - Duval County, Florida - Gadsden County, Florida - Hendry County, Florida - Jackson County, Florida - Leon County, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida - Osceola County, Florida Office of the Governor, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, New York Office of the Governor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ohio Office of the Governor, Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Washington - King County, Washington Office of the Governor, White House - Office of Management and Budget
March 28, 2020

A Pandemic Is No Time for Secrecy

March 27, 2020

News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - National Security Division, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Election Commission, Florida Attorney General, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Tennessee Valley Authority, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
March 25, 2020

American Oversight Expands State Voting Rights Investigations to Wisconsin, New Hampshire

March 24, 2020

We Cannot Let Trump Use a National Emergency to Get Rich and Ignore the Constitution

Congress, White House
March 20, 2020

News Roundup: Testing, Messaging and Missed Chances

Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Communications Commission, Florida Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General, Nevada Department of Administration, Texas - Harris County, Texas Attorney General, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
March 19, 2020

Three Years of American Oversight

March 17, 2020

The Increase in FOIA Lawsuits Isn’t the Problem — It’s Agencies Underfunding Their Transparency Obligations

Department of Justice
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 - Hernando County, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida - Martin County, Florida - Okaloosa County, Florida Department of State
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 12, 2020

American Oversight Sues Trump, Kushner for Transparency in Clemency Process

Executive Office of the President, White House
March 6, 2020

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

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, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Texas - Briscoe County, Texas - Freestone County, Texas - Hall County, Texas - Hill County, Texas - Hood County, Texas - Jones County, Texas - Kendall County, Texas - Lavaca County, Texas - Leon County, Texas - Limestone County, Texas - Loving County, Texas - Morris County, Texas - Scurry County, Texas - Starr County, Texas - Swisher County, Texas - Victoria County, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County, Washington State Department of Health, White House - Office of Management and Budget, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
February 21, 2020

When the Government Uses Redactions to Hide Evidence of Wrongdoing

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, White House - Office of Management and Budget
February 20, 2020

Records from Trump’s Presidential Pardons Advisory Committee Must Be Available to the Public

February 14, 2020

News Roundup: Trump Has Learned His ‘Lesson’

Central Intelligence Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kentucky Office of the Governor, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
February 7, 2020

News Roundup: Acquittal Isn’t the End

Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Florida Department of State, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, White House - Office of Management and Budget
January 31, 2020

News Roundup: Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Harris County, Texas Office of the Governor
January 24, 2020

News Roundup: Evidence of Obstruction

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, DOT - Federal Aviation Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Georgia - Clayton County, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate, White House - Office of Management and Budget
January 17, 2020

News Roundup: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Clayton County, Georgia - Hancock County, Georgia - Jefferson County, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
January 10, 2020

News Roundup: Presidential War Powers and New Impeachment Documents

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 - Hernando County, Florida - Nassau County, Florida - Okaloosa County, Florida - Seminole County, Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
January 7, 2020

Did the Trump Administration Abuse the Redactions Process?

Department of Defense, White House - Office of Management and Budget
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

Florida - Broward County, Florida - Collier County, Florida - Duval County, Florida - Gadsden County, Florida - Hardee Count, 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 Attorney General, Florida Department of State, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Senate
December 23, 2019

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

Georgia - 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 - 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 Department of Driver Services, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State
December 23, 2019

Texas Officials’ Communications with ‘Voter Fraud’ Activists

Texas - Cameron County, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Hidalgo County, Texas - Starr County, Texas - Tarrant County, Texas - Travis County, Texas - Zavala County, Texas Attorney General, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate
December 13, 2019

News Roundup: Stephen Miller’s Extremist Network

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Carroll County, Texas Attorney General, Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control, White House - Office of Management and Budget
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
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, Kentucky Office of the Governor, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service
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

Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida House of Representatives, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Carroll County, Georgia - Decatur County, Georgia - Lowndes County, Georgia - Paulding County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Travis County, White House - Council on Environmental Quality
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
September 18, 2019

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

Texas - Starr County, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State
July 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department over Brooklyn Jail’s Inhumane Winter Conditions

Department of Justice
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
March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

February 15, 2019

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice
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
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

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 19, 2017

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

Department of Defense
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
September 7, 2017

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

Department of Justice
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