Topic: Abuse of Power

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.

New Emails Show Senior HUD Official Cited Trump Family in Personnel Dispute

December 31, 2018
"Eric Trump agrees ... and told me to call Jared, if necessary," wrote senior HUD official and former Trump family aide Lynne Patton in a 2017 email to White House staff, uncovered by American Oversight.
Lynne Patton at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 27, 2018
A look back at what American Oversight uncovered in 2018, and what 2019 could bring

How FEMA Learned from Ben Carson’s $31,000 Dining Set Purchase

December 20, 2018
The public outcry over HUD Secretary Carson’s office furniture likely dissuaded FEMA officials from similar spending sprees.

Wait, There’s More: News of Another Administration Official Using Personal Email

December 10, 2018
News reports indicate that Scott Pruitt used personal email for official business. American Oversight continues its investigation of improper administration email use.

DHS Records of ALT_uscis Twitter Account Investigation

November 15, 2018
Records from DHS regarding the decision to investigate the @ALT_uscis Twitter account.

Complaint: American Oversight v. VA and DOD – Mar-a-Lago Crowd Influence

October 25, 2018
Lawsuit seeking records from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense regarding the role that three members of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club may have had in shaping policy decisions.

New Lawsuit Seeks Details of White House, Trump Organization Involvement in FBI Headquarters Decision

October 23, 2018
American Oversight today filed a suite of lawsuits to uncover the role that President Trump and the Trump Organization played in reversing a long-time plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters outside of Washington, DC. In its current location at the J. Edgar Hoover building, FBI headquarters sits a block away from the Trump International Hotel.

Complaint: American Oversight v. GSA – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

October 23, 2018
Lawsuit filed on behalf of American Oversight against GSA seeking communications regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.