Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

American Oversight Sues HUD for Carson Office Renovation Records

February 27, 2018
Amid news reports that Secretary Ben Carson spent $31,000 on a table and asked officials to spend over $5,000 for chair, American Oversight filed a lawsuit to find out how much taxpayer money Carson spent redecorating or renovating his office.

FOIA to Treasury Regarding Trump Organization Payments to Treasury

February 26, 2018
FOIA to Treasury seeking information related to the Trump Organization claims that the organization donated the profits it has received from foreign government patrons at its hotel properties to the U.S. Treasury.

Order Motion for Expedition Denied in American Oversight v DOJ Francisco Recusal

February 22, 2018
Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denying American Oversight’s motion seeking expedited processing of the FOIA request for records related to Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s recusal from participating in the travel ban case in early 2017. DOJ has already produced a number of these records while the legal case has been proceeding.

American Oversight Calls for a HUD IG Investigation into Carson’s Leadership

February 21, 2018
Following the release of emails uncovered by American Oversight and independent reporting by the Washington Post and CNN, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General has announced that it will be conducting an investigation into the role that Secretary Ben Carson’s family - and in particular his son, Ben Carson Jr. - has been playing at the department.

FOIA to EPA Regarding Scott Pruitt’s First-Class Travel

February 20, 2018
FOIA seeking records of Scott Pruitt’s first-class travel waivers and waiver requests and any final determinations either approving or denying EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first-class airplane travel for personal and business-related trips.

Ben Carson’s Family Involvement at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

February 20, 2018
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has allowed his family members to be involved in, and benefit from, his position at the department. In particular, Carson’s son Ben Carson Jr and his daughter-in-law Merlynn Carson, appear to have an unusual amount of influence on official government business. Emails uncovered by American Oversight and analyzed by news outlets reveal that both Ben Jr and Merlynn Carson have attempted to use their influence at HUD to advance their own private interests. American Oversight has filed a lawsuit to learn more about Secretary Carson’s leadership and potential conflicts of interest in the department.

Inside the Documents: Ben Carson Jr’s HUD Emails

February 16, 2018
The documents we obtained revealed how Ben Jr. used his special access to play matchmaker between his business contacts in the city and his powerful father.

Complaint: American Oversight v DOJ – Communications Between Deputy Associate AG Jesse Panuccio and Counsel

February 16, 2018
FOIA lawsuit to compel the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce communications and other records relating to 22 cases in which DOJ reversed its previous position after the Trump administration took office. Specifically, the lawsuit asks DOJ to release communications between Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and counsel for the other parties in those cases, communications with amici, and calendar entries for meetings related to those cases.

Sessions, Comey, and Clinton: New FOIAs and Lawsuits Seek Answers

February 5, 2018
In the last few weeks, American Oversight filed a series of lawsuits and FOIA requests to uncover records of questionable actions in the Trump administration.

New HUD Emails Show Secretary Ben Carson’s Son Taking Role at Agency

February 1, 2018
Emails and other documents uncovered by American Oversight's lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) show that Secretary Ben Carson's son, Ben Carson Jr., has been using his influence at the agency to connect business associates with senior government officials.