Topic: Congress

News Roundup: Sunshine Week Draws to a Close

March 15, 2019
As Sunshine Week ends, examples of the Trump administration’s attempts to avoid accountability and to prevent government documents from seeing the light of day continue to pile up.

Three Ways to Fix the Freedom of Information Act

March 14, 2019
Agency resistance and excessive delays have increasingly undermined FOIA’s ultimate purpose of encouraging greater transparency. Here are three ways it can be strengthened.

Lying to Congress Rarely Results in Charges — Until Now. Here’s How Others in Trump’s Circle Could Be in Trouble

February 27, 2019
Cohen’s conviction could signal a new way of doing business in prosecutions of those who lied to Congress.
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DOT Communications with Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office

December 21, 2018
Department of Transportation senior political appointee emails and communications with the office of Senator Mitch McConnell in 2017.

Letter: Call for Congressional Investigation of Ivanka Trump Personal Email Use

November 20, 2018
Letter to Congress calling for an investigation into Ivanka Trump's use of personal email and violation of the Presidential Records Act.

Uncovering the Truth About Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

September 17, 2018
American Oversight is fighting to overcome the unprecedented opacity surrounding the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. While the Senate has rushed ahead with hearings and the Trump administration has withheld vital records, American Oversight has been working on multiple fronts to ensure that the public has the information it needs and deserves to fully vet this nomination.

Parallel Investigations Initiative: Amplifying Congressional Oversight

April 26, 2018
American Oversight is filing FOIAs and lawsuits that mirror the document requests sent by the chairs and ranking members of key congressional committees. With the House of Representatives poised to begin conducting aggressive oversight, we will be able to go to court to force the release of records sought by congressional investigators – making it very difficult for the Trump administration to duck accountability.

Sunshine Week Blog: FOIAs Will Continue Until Accountability Improves

March 16, 2018
There has been a sharp increase in the number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuits filed against Trump administration cabinet agencies over the past 14 months - but the rising backlog is actually a sign of a much more serious problem: the breakdown of our system of checks and balances.

No Records Response From HHS Seeking Communications Between Senior Officials Regarding Health Care

February 15, 2018
No records response to FOIA seeking communications between senior HHS officials and David Rivkin, Bill Burck, Jonathan Turley, or anyone in the U.S. House of Representatives Office of General Counsel.