Topic: Abuse of Power

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.

FOIA to DHS Seeking Records Regarding CBP’s Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists

March 8, 2019
FOIA to Department of Homeland Security seeking records surrounding Customs and Border Protection's database tracking immigration advocates and journalists.

FOIA to CBP Seeking Records Regarding Database Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists

March 8, 2019
FOIA to Customs and Border Protection seeking records surrounding its database tracking immigration advocates and journalists.

FOIA to FBI Seeking Records Regarding CBP’s Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists

March 8, 2019
FOIA to Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking records surrounding Customs and Border Protection's database tracking immigration advocates and journalists.

FBI Headquarters Investigation: Agencies Refusing to Search for Records of Trump Interference to Protect Hotel

March 4, 2019
Three federal agencies appear to be stonewalling our investigation into whether Trump canceled a multibillion-dollar FBI relocation project in order to benefit his D.C. hotel.

At Least Fourteen Federal Agencies Have Created No Guidance for Spending Taxpayer Money at Trump Properties

February 28, 2019
American Oversight requested that government agencies provide copies of ethics guidance for spending taxpayer money at Trump-owned businesses. A year and a half later, no office has provided records, and more than a dozen have said they had none.

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

January 18, 2019
When it comes to hearing from its own investigators, it wasn’t a very good week for the administration.
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Trump’s Interference in the FBI Headquarters Relocation Plan

January 8, 2019
A plan to relocate the FBI headquarters to the Washington, D.C., suburbs was surprisingly scrapped in favor of the far costlier option of rebuilding at its existing site — which happens to sit a block away from the Trump International Hotel. American Oversight is investigating what influence the White House and the Trump Organization might have had over a decision that ensures a huge city block remains free of competition for the president’s hotel.

Government Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stays Open Despite Shutdown and We Want to Know Why

January 3, 2019
American Oversight filed FOIA requests to learn more about the decision to keep the Old Post Office tower open during the government shutdown.