Topic: Abuse of Power

American Oversight Sues for Betsy DeVos’ Emails Sent with Personal Account

July 17, 2019
American Oversight is suing the Education Department to force the education secretary to turn over work emails sent from her personal account,
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FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications with Outside Organizations Around the Salute to America Event

July 8, 2019
FOIA to the Department of the Interior seeking communications with political and other outside interests regarding President Trump's Fourth of July event.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications with the White House Around the Salute to America Event

July 8, 2019
FOIA to the Department of the Interior seeking communications with the Executive Office of the President regarding President Trump's Fourth of July event.

FOIA to NPS Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Salute to America Event

July 8, 2019
FOIA to the National Park Service seeking communications with the Executive Office of the President regarding President Trump's Fourth of July event.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Information Regarding VIP Ticketing to the Salute to America Event

July 8, 2019
FOIA to the Department of the Interior seeking information regarding ticketing and VIP attendees to President Trump's Fourth of July event.

Donald Trump’s Obstruction of Congressional Oversight

June 20, 2019
Congressional oversight of executive branch officials is fundamental to our democracy and our constitutional system of checks and balances — a system the Trump administration appears determined to delegitimize. The Trump White House’s blanket refusal to comply with congressional requests and subpoenas isn’t just unprecedented. It signals a dangerous vision of a presidency left unchecked and unscrutinized. American Oversight is examining executive branch agencies’ defiance of congressional investigations — and whether those agencies have been acting at the direction of the White House.

News Roundup: Above the Law

May 3, 2019
From his mixing of business with public service to his resistance to congressional investigations, Trump and his administration have been operating as if they are above the law.

The Dangers of Constitutional Hardball

April 29, 2019
The Trump administration’s actions over the past week and a half suggest that it may have decided to adopt a strategy of across-the-board stonewalling, violating a half-century of norms.
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A Guide to Barr’s Redactions to the Mueller Report

April 18, 2019
We explain Barr's justifications for his redactions, whether he should go further to release information — and what Congress can do next.

We Want to Know How the Justice Department Found the Clinton Investigation Directive — Months After It Said It Didn’t Exist

April 16, 2019
In its lawsuit regarding the Justice Department’s continued investigation of Hillary Clinton, American Oversight asked the court to allow for discovery, including potentially depositions, a legal proceeding rarely used in FOIA litigation.
Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, left, and U.S. Attorney John Huber