Topic: Abuse of Power

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.
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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

Motion for Leave to Seek Discovery: American Oversight v. DOJ – Uranium One and Clinton Investigation

April 15, 2019
Motion filed by American Oversight asking the court to grant discovery - potentially including depositions of senior officials - in our ongoing lawsuit seeking to shed light on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive for a U.S. Attorney to investigate Hillary Clinton.

William Barr’s Claims of Spying on the Trump Campaign Run Up Against Lack of Evidence

April 11, 2019
During a Wednesday Senate hearing, the attorney general said that he believed that spying on the Trump campaign by the FBI “did occur,” but provided no evidence for saying so.

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

March 29, 2019
Look no further than Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt.

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

March 25, 2019
The corruption of the Trump administration goes far beyond and far deeper than the criminality covered in the Mueller investigation.

Sessions Letter Shows DOJ Acted on Trump’s Authoritarian Demand to Investigate Clinton

March 9, 2019
American Oversight has uncovered the signed directive from Jeff Sessions instructing a federal prosecutor to carry out Trump’s authoritarian demand to investigate Hillary Clinton.
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DOJ Letter from Jeff Sessions to John Huber Directing Clinton Inquiry

March 8, 2019
November 22, 2017 letter from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber, directing him to investigate matters referenced in a separate letter sent to Congressman Robert Goodlatte - including issues relating to President Trump's 2016 general election rival, Hillary Clinton. This production also includes the November 22, 2017 email from Matthew Whitaker, who was then Sessions' chief of staff, to Huber, attaching the signed directive.