Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

Trump Nominates Another Defense-Industry Insider as Pentagon Chief

June 25, 2019
American Oversight has filed FOIA requests seeking any recusal determinations and ethics waivers for recently nominated Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a former lobbyist for Raytheon.

FOIA to DOD Seeking Ethics Documents Related to Acting Secretary Esper

June 25, 2019
FOIA to DOD seeking ethics authorizations or waivers or recusal determinations for Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a former lobbyist for Raytheon.

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Family Influence over Minnesota Mining Project

June 25, 2019
American Oversight today sued for records related to the decision to renew the leases for a Chilean mining company headed by the family of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's landlord.

More Evidence of Chao’s Preferential Treatment of Kentucky-Specific Requests

June 17, 2019
American Oversight has uncovered documents bolstering reports of coordination between the office of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

American Oversight Comment to Office of Government Ethics – Legal Expense Fund Regulation

June 14, 2019
American Oversight's comment submitted to the Office of Government Ethics regarding developing a Legal Expense Fund regulation. American Oversight argues that OGE should promulgate a Legal Expense Fund regulation that provides transparency, allows public scrutiny and effective oversight, and ensures accountability for receiving funds from sources that would create conflicts of interest.

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.

New Evidence of Emoluments Violations Prompts American Oversight Lawsuit

May 3, 2019
Recently revealed State Department approvals are glaring new evidence that the president is violating the emoluments clause.
(Photo: PJMixer)

Complaint: American Oversight v. State and DOJ – Emoluments Violations

May 3, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit against the State and Justice Departments for records related to President Donald Trump’s potential violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, specifically the leasing of a Trump property to multiple foreign governments.

American Oversight Sues HUD for Communications Related to Sale of Trump-Tied Housing Complex

April 30, 2019
Trump, who held a 4 percent stake in the country's largest federally subsidized housing development at the time of its sale, reportedly made approximately $20 million from the deal.
(Photo: Matt Green)