Topic: Abuse of Power

Lawsuit Seeks Evidence of Political Influence in DOJ Investigations

January 26, 2018
Amid new reports into President Trump’s attempts to influence -- and shut down -- investigations at the Department of Justice (DOJ), American Oversight filed a lawsuit on Friday to find out if senior political appointees at DOJ have tried to inappropriately steer criminal and national security investigations.

Politicization of the Justice Department

January 5, 2018
President Trump has repeatedly and publicly called for the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate his perceived enemies – and in doing so, he's crossed a longstanding line against politicizing our nation's law enforcement agencies.

FOIA to Treasury Seeking Louise Linton Photographs

December 21, 2017
FOIA to Treasury seeking photographs of Louise Linton in order to shed light on her role in the department.

SBA Records of McMahon Travel Vouchers and Reimbursements

December 21, 2017
Records provided by the Small Business Administration showing travel vouchers for flights taken by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon.

FBI Records Call Into Question Sessions’ Claims About Security Clearance Instructions

December 7, 2017
Email released by the FBI in response to a FOIA lawsuit brought by People for the American Way seeking any advice that the FBI may have given to Attorney General Sessions regarding how to complete his SF-86 security clearance application. In the email, the FBI agent who assisted with Sessions’ clearance states that they do not recall advising Sessions to omit his Russian contacts from the form.

No Records Response From SEC Regarding Office Renovations

November 30, 2017
No records response from SEC in response to our FOIA request regarding office renovations.

No Records Response From CEQ Regarding Office Renovations

November 29, 2017
No records response from CEQ in response to FOIA seeking office renovation records.

American Oversight Statement Regarding DOI Report on Zinke Travel

November 16, 2017
American Oversight's statement on the Washington Post report that revealed that the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General has found that poor record keeping by Secretary Zinke has hampered their ongoing investigation into multiple facets of his travel, including his mixing of political events with government business, as well as the frequent presence of his wife, Lola Zinke, on official trips.