News Roundup: The Public Needs Answers

The news surrounding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has been unfolding at a rapid pace, but the pressure on the president and his administration has been even further intensified thanks to Thursday’s public release of damaging text messages sent by government officials.

The text messages were released by House committee chairs after former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker met with congressional investigators. They contain communications between Volker and an aide to the Ukrainian president about the importance of Ukraine’s assistance in investigating Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival to Trump, and Biden’s son. “Heard from the White House — assuming President [Volodymyr Zelensky] convinces trump he will investigate/’get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington,” one of Volker’s messages read. Around this same time, it had become publicly known that the administration was holding up congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine. 

The texts mention Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who has been at the center of the efforts to pressure Ukraine, and also contain a particularly damning exchange between the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor, in which Taylor says, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” Sondland’s eyebrow-raising response was “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. … I suggest we stop the back and forth by text.”

But as revelatory as those texts are, there remain numerous unanswered questions, from the involvement of other high-ranking administration officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, to the extent that the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia probe involve also investigating Biden (see below), to Trump’s reported retaliation against the former ambassador to Ukraine. The urgent need for answers led American Oversight on Friday to ask a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction in our lawsuit against the State Department, to compel the government to immediately begin processing and producing documents related to Giuliani’s efforts as well as to the former ambassador.

“It’s hard to imagine how the public’s need for the truth about Ukraine could be any more urgent,” said Austin Evers, American Oversight’s executive director. “The text messages make it clear that Trump’s Ukraine coercion efforts went far beyond Giuliani and extended into the highest levels of the State Department. There is clearly a paper trail, and we can’t allow it to be withheld from the public any longer.”

The lawsuit seeks information about the role of senior State Department officials in the Ukraine scandal, including Pompeo, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, and Counselor to the Secretary T. Ulrich Brechbuhl. The preliminary injunction motion cited the “urgent need to inform the public—now—about the administration’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate a political opponent of the president in order to give the president an electoral advantage.” 

But even with the urgency of this lawsuit and the all-consuming nature of the impeachment proceedings, we’re continuing our oversight of everything else the Trump administration has been up to. Here’s what else has happened this week:

John Gore’s Misleading Statements: We have obtained documents showing that former Justice Department official John Gore made clear misrepresentations — and perhaps outright lied — in a signed declaration to federal court. To avoid a search of his personal email, Gore claimed that his communications with a Chicago Republican Party official over his non-work account were outside the scope of his official work. But emails we uncovered show that he had earlier been instructed by his superior at the Justice Department to look into the Chicago Republican’s concerns, which would, of course, fall under his “official capacity.”

Whitehouse and Leahy Letter: In response to the news of Gore’s misrepresentations, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Patrick Leahy sent a letter to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, requesting that the office investigate Gore. Gore, who left the administration in August, was the senior official overseeing the department’s voting rights section, and is already a subject of a sanctions motion for allegedly making misleading statements to Congress and concealing information in litigation over the census citizenship question.

Border Wall: In August, the city council in El Cenizo, Tex., voted to meet with the privately funded We Build the Wall organization to discuss building a barrier in the city. We’ve already been investigating whether there has been any coordination between the crowdfunded group and the federal government, and this week filed a public records request for communications between the group and El Cenizo officials.

Remain in Mexico: The so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the Remain in Mexico policy, have had devastating consequences for asylum-seekers at the southern border, forcing them to stay in dangerous locations, with limited access to attorneys and information about upcoming court dates. We filed additional Freedom of Information Act requests for more information about the policy’s creation and implementation.

Contractor Hiring Discrimination: This summer, the Department of Labor proposed a rule that would allow federal contractors accused of discrimination to defend their practices on religious grounds. LGBTQ advocates have criticized the proposal, warning that it would allow contractors to fire or refuse to hire LGBTQ individuals, unmarried pregnant workers, or others because of religious beliefs. We’re asking for communications between Labor Department officials and outside organizations to learn whether outside anti-LGBTQ groups influenced the department’s proposal.

Pompeo Complaints: NBC News’ Richard Engel reported that former intelligence officials say that Pompeo was prone to “fits of ‘anger’” while serving as CIA chief. According to Engel, “Pompeo was a bully to subordinates, driving some to quit or seek new assignments. ‘Throwing binders was a popular sport,’ said one.” American Oversight has filed multiple FOIA requests for any records of complaints filed by CIA or State Department employees concerning Pompeo’s conduct.

Methane Rollback: The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would roll back regulations on methane emissions, a significant contributor to climate change. The move was denounced by scientists and environmental advocates, and even the oil and gas industry greeted the news with mixed reactions — BP President Susan Dio said that the EPA should continue to regulate methane because it’s “not only the right thing to do for the environment, there is also a clear business case for doing this.” We’re asking for information that could shed light on what influenced the proposed policy change.

Durham Investigation: On Friday, Senator John Cornyn tweeted that the Justice Department is investigating Biden as part of the ongoing probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham. Durham has been looking into the origins of the U.S. counterintelligence investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, a concerning example of the politicization of federal law enforcement agencies. The investigation of Biden was also mentioned in a White House memo earlier this week. We’re currently suing the Justice Department for related records — including any directives given to Durham.

Perry and Ukraine: We haven’t even mentioned Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s potential involvement in the Ukraine mess yet. According to news reports, Perry is expected to step down from his post in November, news that comes amid questions about the decision to have him lead the delegation to Ukraine for President Zelensky’s May inauguration, instead of Pence. We still want to know whether and to what extent Perry had any involvement in the efforts to pressure Ukraine, and filed additional FOIA requests this week for related communications. “If I were Rick Perry or anyone else in the administration, I’d be very careful about being honest right now,” American Oversight’s Evers told Politico.

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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
News
September 27, 2019

Using FOIA to Fight Trump Administration Obstruction

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior
News
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
Investigation Update
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
News
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
News
September 12, 2019

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

Department of State
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
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
News
July 30, 2019

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

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
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
News
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
Investigation Update
June 25, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Family Influence over Minnesota Mining Project

Bureau of Land Management, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, United States Forest Service
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
News
June 13, 2019

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

Customs and Border Protection
Investigation Update
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
News
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
News
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
News
April 24, 2019

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

Investigation Update
March 29, 2019

News Roundup: The Mueller Investigation Is Over, But the Swamp Is Thriving

News
March 25, 2019

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

News
March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

News
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
News
February 15, 2019

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice
News
February 1, 2019

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

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

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

Department of Justice
News
January 24, 2019

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

Department of Defense
Investigation Update
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

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

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

Department of Homeland Security
News
January 9, 2019

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

Department of Defense
News
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

News
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
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
April 17, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks Scott Pruitt and Nino Perrotta Travel and Security Spending Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
April 6, 2018

New: EPA Documents Show Details of Pruitt Office Renovations

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
March 16, 2018

Sunshine Week Blog: FOIAs Will Continue Until Accountability Improves

News
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
Investigation Update
January 12, 2018

Justice Department Staffing Up For Its Ill-Conceived Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
January 2, 2018

New FOIAs Seek Records of Civil Rights Investigations at Department of Education

Department of Education
News
December 20, 2017

Update: EPA IG Refuses to Investigate Controversial Contract

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
December 19, 2017

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

Department of Defense
Investigation Update
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
Investigation Update
December 1, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Seek Answers about Dourson’s Work at EPA

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
November 16, 2017

American Oversight and EWG Seek Records of Industry Influence at Department of Energy

Department of Energy
News
October 31, 2017

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

Department of State
News
October 17, 2017

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

Department of Justice
October 5, 2017

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Lolita Zinke’s Travel, Role at Department of the Interior

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
News
October 3, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Calendars Show Deep Industry Connections

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
September 29, 2017

“Serious, Likely Irreparable” Damage from Border Wall

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
September 7, 2017

Investigating EPA’s Attacks on a Journalist

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
September 7, 2017

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

Department of Justice
News
September 2, 2017

DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
August 30, 2017

Watchdog Groups Launch Joint Investigation into EPA Oversight of Toxic Substances Control Act

Investigation Update
August 28, 2017

Statement on EPA IG Investigation of Pruitt Travel

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

American Oversight Obtains Attorney General Sessions SF-86 Signature Page

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

Statement on Waiver of Environmental Regulations for Border Wall

Investigation Update
July 27, 2017

Call for OSC Investigation of Pruitt Travel to Oklahoma

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
July 21, 2017

American Oversight Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
News
July 13, 2017

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

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
June 27, 2017

American Oversight Sues EPA to Release Pruitt’s Calendars and Communications with Carl Icahn

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
June 22, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Challenge EPA Over Failure to Release Pesticide Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
May 24, 2017

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

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

American Oversight Demands Release of Comey-Trump Memos

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

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

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

Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 10, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for IG Investigation of Sessions for Violating Recusal

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
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
Investigation Update
April 12, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Demand Release of Pruitt Communications with Pesticide Industry

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
April 4, 2017

10 Questions about the Border Wall that Deserve Big, Beautiful Answers

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
March 28, 2017

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

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
March 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation of President Trump’s Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
March 22, 2017

Statement on Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ Actions

Investigation Update
March 17, 2017

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

Office of Government Ethics, White House
News