The Issue

Ms. Trump’s role in the administration is highly unusual and has raised a range of concerns about the violation of federal nepotism rules, the risk of disclosing classified information, as well as the wide policy portfolios being given to her and her husband, Jared Kushner, despite a lack of expertise or background in those issues.

  • January 10, 2017: Report that Ivanka Trump would not take a formal role in the White House.
  • March 20, 2017: Announcement that Ms. Trump would receive a White House office space, a security clearance, and a government-issued communications device.
  • March 29, 2017: News breaks that Ms. Trump would become a federal employee.
  • April 21, 2017: Announcement that Ms. Trump had hired Julie Radford as her Chief of Staff.

Given her changing role and her apparent importance in the day-to-day functions of the White House, Ms. Trump’s official correspondence and record is critical for the public’s understanding of her extremely unusual role in our government.

American Oversight has submitted Freedom of Information Act requests with five federal agencies seeking copies of correspondence with Ms. Trump, and on May 17, we filed a lawsuit to enforce those FOIA requests.

Court Filings:

FOIA Requests: