The Ukraine Investigation’s Unanswered Questions

Throughout the past five months of the House’s impeachment inquiry and the Senate’s impeachment trial, new evidence emerged on a near-daily basis of President Donald Trump having engaged in an effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, making last week’s 52–48 Senate vote to acquit all the more alarming. 

But even with the overwhelming body of evidence that accumulated — from testimony during the House’s inquiry to a steady stream of documents released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from American Oversight and other watchdog groups — numerous questions remain, particularly about the potential involvement of top Trump administration officials. 

Despite Trump’s claims that his July 25 call was “perfect,” senior officials like Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Attorney General William Barr seem to seize every opportunity to distance themselves from the Ukraine saga. One is left wondering why, if the president is so adamant that his deeds were appropriate, his closest advisers are reluctant to acknowledge their involvement. If in fact Trump’s cabinet officials were so far removed from the issue, it would represent an incredible abdication of responsibility for the handling of U.S. foreign policy. And if they were involved in or driving the effort, then they too must be held accountable for harnessing the U.S. government to advance the president’s personal political interests and coerce a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election.

Just as the Senate’s refusal to allow new witnesses or evidence in its trial didn’t stop the public release of new Ukraine-related documents, its Feb. 5 acquittal of the president does not put a lid on these remaining questions. Our ongoing investigative work and FOIA litigation — in which we expect multiple new document productions over the next month —  seeks to uncover just who was, in the words of recently fired EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, “in the loop” of the president’s scheme, and when.

 

Vice President Mike Pence 

What do we know?
  • According to the House’s impeachment report, Pence was slated to attend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May 2019, until suddenly Trump rescinded those plans because of Ukraine’s unwillingness to commit to investigating the Bidens. (Perry eventually took Pence’s place in leading the delegation.)
  • Two of Pence’s aides — his National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg and Special Adviser Jennifer Williams — participated in the now-famous July 25 call in which Trump asked Zelensky to “do us a favor though” and pursue investigations of the Bidens. 
  • Pence had two engagements with Zelensky during and immediately following the withholding of congressionally approved aid, which both U.S. and Ukrainian officials understood to be tied to a demand for investigations: Pence and Zelensky met in Warsaw on Sept. 1 and had a follow-up call on Sept. 18 (the contents of which remain classified despite congressional demands for the release of documents related to the call). 
  • Pence had access to numerous meetings and conversations in which he should have been informed about the decision to stop supporting Ukraine, a U.S. ally fighting Russian aggression. To name just one example, Sondland stated in his impeachment testimony that he told Pence in advance of the Sept. 1 meeting that the aid would be withheld until investigations were announced. 
  • Despite these ties, Pence has routinely distanced himself from the Ukraine story, claiming he was not involved.
Unresolved questions
  • How much did Pence know about Trump’s series of quid pro quos — specifically, the withholding of aid to Ukraine as well as coveted White House meetings in return for an agreement to investigate the Bidens? Was Pence aware of Trump’s plans to force former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s resignation?
  • Was Pence aware of and therefore complicit in the scheme? Was he himself exerting pressure on Ukrainian leadership during his September meetings with Zelensky?
  • What did Pence and Zelensky discuss in September, and did the topics of investigations and/or the Bidens come up?
Our litigation

We filed a lawsuit against the State Department for records related to Pence and his staff’s communications with Zelensky, or with administration officials about the Ukraine effort. 

 

Secretary Mike Pompeo

What do we know?
  • Documents released by State in response to our FOIA litigation show a clear line of communication in March 2019 between Pompeo and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, orchestrated by the Oval Office just as the smear campaign against Yovanovitch was heating up. The records include two calls between Giuliani and Pompeo in March, as well as the packet of information that Giuliani sent to the State Department as part of his smear campaign against Yovanovitch.
  • Two of the “three amigos” tasked by Trump to execute Ukraine policy with Giuliani were direct reports of Pompeo throughout last summer: Sondland and former Special Representative Kurt Volker. (Perry was the third “amigo.”)
  • Pompeo has acknowledged that he listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky. According to the whistleblower complaint, his counselor and top adviser T. Ulrich Brechbuhl was also on the call. 
  • In their impeachment testimony, Volker and Sondland described their close involvement in and acknowledgment of Trump’s decision to withhold aid until Ukraine agreed to investigate the Bidens. And of course, Sondland famously said during his testimony — as he displayed emails that included Pompeo — “Everyone was in the loop.”
  • Pompeo stonewalled Congress’ investigation of the Ukraine matter, signaling from the impeachment inquiry’s earliest days that he would not cooperate with the probe. 
Unresolved questions
  • Did Pompeo abdicate all responsibility for Ukraine foreign policy to Giuliani, Volker, and Sondland, or was he a central driver of efforts to pressure Zelensky to investigate the Bidens?
  • Given that Sondland was still in his position as ambassador until Friday, Feb. 7, what might he have chosen to withhold from House investigators in order to protect his personal interests?
  • How closely did Volker and Sondland coordinate their approach with Pompeo?
Our litigation

We have multiple lawsuits against the State Department for Ukraine-related records of Pompeo, Volker, and Sondland, and have already received multiple document productions from State. You can view those documents here — more are on the way.

 

Former Secretary Rick Perry

What do we know?
  • Public reporting has directly tied Perry’s May 2019 Ukraine delegation for Zelensky’s inauguration to his push for new leadership at the Ukrainian state-owned energy company Naftogaz, with Perry having then handed Zelensky a list of recommended energy advisers for Naftogaz’s board. 
  • Perry’s energy circle includes former campaign donors and Texas energy interests such as Alex Cranberg, Michael Bleyzer, and Robert Bensh, all of whom stood to gain significantly from the effort to shake up Naftogaz. (Cranberg and Bleyzer won an underpriced contract just a few months after the May delegation, and both Bleyzer and Bensh were reportedly on the list of suggested new advisers.) 
  • Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with oil magnate Harry Sargeant III, reportedly worked together as well to push for the Naftogaz reorganization — and brought in former Trump campaign adviser and former Giuliani communications director Healy Baumgardner of 45 Energy Group as well. As we know now from his extensive production of texts and notes to Congress, Parnas was on the inside track of efforts to smear Yovanovitch and generate investigations into the Bidens. Perry’s and Giuliani’s circles clearly overlap. 
  • Based on the statements of Parnas, we know Perry attended the inauguration because Pence’s attendance was canceled after the Ukrainians’ refusal to commit to investigating the Bidens — one of the earliest in the series of Trump’s quid pro quos.
  • Further, Perry, one of the “three amigos” along with Sondland and Volker, met with Trump at the White House just a few days after the May delegation returned from Ukraine. According to the impeachment report, at this meeting Trump tasked Perry, Sondland, and Volker with overseeing Ukraine policy and directed them to “talk to Rudy.” The report indicates that Perry was regularly in conversations with the rest of the trio throughout the summer of 2019, planning for how to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. 
  • Nonetheless, Perry has maintained, with “God as my witness,” that he never discussed the Bidens in meetings with Ukrainian officials.
Unresolved questions
  • How do the energy interests of Perry’s circle overlap with those of Giuliani’s associates, and with the president’s push for investigations? 
  • How did the effort to push for new Naftogaz leadership intersect with efforts to smear Yovanovitch and to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens?
  • How closely did Perry coordinate with the White House in his efforts to push for new Naftogaz leadership?
  • What was Perry’s involvement in helping secure a lucrative gas contract in Ukraine for his former partners and donors, for millions of dollars less than the other competitor?
Our litigation

American Oversight has received two productions of Ukraine-related records from the Department of Energy, with another production scheduled for March.

 

Attorney General William Barr

What do we know?
  • During the July 25 call, Trump urged Zelensky to talk to Barr about investigations of the Bidens. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly raised concerns about the call with Barr himself. Under normal government policy, the Justice Department would be responsible for overseeing investigations work with foreign governments via a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request. 
  • The Justice Department played a key role in handling the processing of the whistleblower complaint, declining to investigate the criminal acts alleged in the complaint.
  • Giuliani visited the department multiple times in 2019, including for meetings attended by Barr. 
  • Following Giuliani’s December trip to Ukraine and Hungary, he promised to turn over his investigative report to the Justice Department, at Trump’s urging. The agency has declined to comment. This week, Barr confirmed that his department had “established an intake process” for information Giuliani had gathered about the Bidens.
  • Barr has been remarkably silent on his involvement in the Ukraine matter, although a Justice Department spokesperson in September released a carefully worded denial of Barr’s role. 
Unresolved questions
  • How much contact has Giuliani had with Barr? 
  • How involved was Barr in preventing an investigation of the issues raised by the whistleblower?
  • Has Barr deployed Justice Department resources to work with Ukraine on investigations of the Bidens?
  • What is Barr’s “process” for receiving information from Giuliani related to Ukraine? 
Our litigation

American Oversight sued the Justice Department for Barr’s communications with Giuliani as well as senior officials’ communications containing key terms related to the Ukraine scheme.

 

Members of Congress as Key Witnesses

What do we know?
  • Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes sat alongside Chairman Adam Schiff throughout the House’s impeachment inquiry, questioning witnesses on their knowledge of the Bidens and Burisma. Reporting now indicates extensive involvement of Nunes and his staff with Giuliani and associates, including coordinating efforts to pursue investigations — making Nunes himself an apparent key witness in the Ukraine affair. Our State Department documents also show that Nunes talked to Pompeo soon after Pompeo’s two calls with Giuliani, during the midst of the smear campaign against Yovanovitch.
  • Sen. Ron Johnson attended Zelensky’s inauguration in May 2019 along with Perry, Volker, and Sondland, when Perry reportedly advised Ukrainians on a reorganization of the Naftogaz board and before Trump tasked the three with orchestrating Ukraine policy through Giuliani. Documents we obtained in our lawsuit against the Energy Department show Johnson’s involvement in key meetings during the trip. The Wisconsin senator, who voted to acquit Trump, has firsthand knowledge about the Trump administration’s engagement with Ukraine’s leadership.
  • Multiple members of Congress reached out to the Office of Management and Budget to inquire about the withholding of aid in August, as shown in documents we obtained through our lawsuit against OMB. Although they expressed concern at that time, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mac Thornberry, and Sen. Rob Portman all ultimately voted to acquit Trump.
Unresolved questions
  • How closely did members of Congress coordinate with Trump’s efforts to encourage investigations of the Bidens?
  • Did members of Congress work with key agencies to coordinate messaging related to the impeachment inquiry?
  • Did members of Congress work with agencies to obstruct the impeachment inquiry?
Our requests

American Oversight has submitted multiple requests seeking communications between senior administration officials and members of Congress or their staffs to shed light on whether and to what extent agency officials who prevented the passage of documents to Congress coordinated in other ways during impeachment hearings.

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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 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

New Ukraine Documents: Gordon Sondland Emails

March 16, 2020

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

Department of Energy
March 13, 2020

News Roundup: Continuing Our Investigation of Coronavirus Response

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

OMB Releases New Ukraine-Related Emails to American Oversight

White House - Office of Management and Budget
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 28, 2020

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

Department of Defense
February 28, 2020

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

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, DOD - National Security Agency, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida Department of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
February 21, 2020

New State Department Ukraine Documents Released

Department of State
February 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

When the Government Uses Redactions to Hide Evidence of Wrongdoing

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, White House - Office of Management and Budget
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 14, 2020

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

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State
February 11, 2020

The Facts Are Still Coming Out

Department of Defense, White House - Office of Management and Budget
February 10, 2020

Ukraine Investigation Update: Volker Text Messages

Department of State
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
February 6, 2020

The Investigation Continues: New Lawsuit Seeks Pence Ukraine Records

Department of State
February 5, 2020

Statement on Senate Impeachment Vote: Oversight Must and Will Continue

Congress
February 4, 2020

Energy Department Releases New Batch of Ukraine Documents

Department of Energy
January 31, 2020

News Roundup: Hear No Evil, See No Evil

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 31, 2020

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

Department of Defense, White House - Office of Management and Budget
January 28, 2020

Energy Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of Energy
January 27, 2020

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

Department of State
January 24, 2020

News Roundup: Evidence of Obstruction

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 22, 2020

OMB Releases 192 Pages of Ukraine Records to American Oversight

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 15, 2020

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

Department of State
January 13, 2020

Energy Department Agrees to Release Ukraine Documents This Month

Department of Energy
January 10, 2020

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

Department of State
January 10, 2020

News Roundup: Presidential War Powers and New Impeachment Documents

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 10, 2020

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

Department of State
January 8, 2020

State Department Releases Additional Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of State
January 7, 2020

Did the Trump Administration Abuse the Redactions Process?

Department of Defense, White House - Office of Management and Budget
December 27, 2019

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

December 21, 2019

Defense Department Ukraine Documents Released to American Oversight

Department of Defense
December 20, 2019

News Roundup: Beyond Impeachment — The Investigations Continue

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

Why Trump Has Met the Standard for Obstruction of Congress

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of State
December 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 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 27, 2019

News Roundup: Thankful for FOIA

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

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

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

American Oversight Sues Justice Department for Ukraine-Related Communications

Department of Justice
November 22, 2019

State Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of State
November 22, 2019

News Roundup: Fiona Hill’s Warnings, Nikki Haley’s Emails, and Matt Bevin’s Stay at Trump’s Hotel

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Kentucky Office of the Governor
November 21, 2019

Nikki Haley Sent Classified Emails on an Unclassified Email System

Department of State
November 20, 2019

Sondland’s Testimony Highlights State Department Obstruction

Department of Energy, Department of State
November 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
November 14, 2019

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

Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
November 8, 2019

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

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

What We Learned from the Yovanovitch and McKinley Transcripts

Congress, Department of State
October 31, 2019

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

Department of State
October 25, 2019

News Roundup: Court Chips Away at Trump Administration Obstruction

October 24, 2019

Research Tool: Ukraine-Trump Key Figures and Documents

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

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

Department of State
October 22, 2019

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

Department of Energy
October 18, 2019

News Roundup: Corruption, Plain and Simple

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
October 18, 2019

Court Calls for Hearing on Emergency Motion for Ukraine Documents

Department of State
October 11, 2019

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

Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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

Pompeo’s Obstructionism Won’t Work

Department of State
October 2, 2019

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

Department of State
October 1, 2019

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

Department of State
September 27, 2019

News Roundup: From the Top Down

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

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

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

News Roundup: Trump, Giuliani, and Ukraine

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Reserve, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - National Institutes of Health, HHS - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Texas - Starr County, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
September 12, 2019

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

Department of State
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, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration
March 12, 2019

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

Commerce - International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, White House - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
January 9, 2019

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

Department of Defense
December 12, 2018

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

Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
February 9, 2018

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

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
October 31, 2017

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

Department of State
October 17, 2017

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

Department of Justice
September 2, 2017

DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation
August 1, 2017

American Oversight Obtains Attorney General Sessions SF-86 Signature Page

Department of Justice
August 1, 2017

Statement on Waiver of Environmental Regulations for Border Wall

July 21, 2017

American Oversight Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation
July 13, 2017

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

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation
June 16, 2017

Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit on Trump Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, White House - Office of Management and Budget
May 24, 2017

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

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

American Oversight Demands Release of Comey-Trump Memos

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

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

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

Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 10, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for IG Investigation of Sessions for Violating Recusal

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation
April 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOJ for Release of Trump Tower Wiretap Records, Russia Investigation Documents

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, White House
March 28, 2017

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

Department of the Interior
March 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation of President Trump’s Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security
March 22, 2017

Statement on Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ Actions

March 17, 2017

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

Office of Government Ethics, White House