Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

HUD Records Relating to Ben Carson Jr

February 1, 2018
Documents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) related to the role of Secretary Carson's son, Ben Carson Jr., at the department and his participation in a listening tour event in Baltimore.

Records From OGE Regarding Jeff Sessions’ Nomination and Confirmation

January 30, 2018
Records from OGE in response to FOIA seeking communications with individuals confirmed or nominated (or likely to be either) to Senate-confirmed positions and their representatives (OGE-17-0005). This production includes 49 pages related to Attorney General Sessions.

Trump’s Political Appointees

January 29, 2018
President Trump has made it clear that he values personal loyalty above experience or competence - and he has appointed hundreds of new officials across the federal government. The public has a right to know who these appointees are, what backgrounds they bring to their work, and whether they have any conflicts of interest.

Records From VA Regarding Use of Trump Properties

January 29, 2018
Records from VA to our FOIA requesting guidance from the agency to its staff regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, emails regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, and records sufficient to demonstrate costs.

No Records Response Regarding Then FBI Director Comey

January 29, 2018
NRR from DOJ in response to two FOIA requests for: communications from Attorney General Sessions regarding President Trump's conversation with then-FBI Director Comey; and communications between Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Comey regarding any conversations between Comey and the president.

American Oversight Sues GSA Over Changes to MyPillow Contract

January 25, 2018
American Oversight today sued the General Services Administration (GSA) to compel the release of records related to the MyPillow contract with GSA to sell pillows to federal agencies. MyPillow, a pillow manufacturing company, has faced significant setbacks over the last few years but has seen its fortunes turn around under the Trump administration.

Inside the Documents: Ivanka’s Emails, Affirmative Action, and HUD Decisions

January 19, 2018
Our investigations into the Trump administration have continued to turn up new documents and agency replies every week. Recent documents we’ve posted expose more corruption and conflicts of interest in the Trump administration--most notably Ivanka Trump’s emails that she sent for government business from a personal account and the Department of Justice’s active investigation into affirmative action policies.

US Trade Representative Identities and Resumes of Political Appointees

December 27, 2017
Records identifying new political appointees working at the USTR, including resumes as well as any ethics or conflict of interest waivers or authorizations.

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.

More Evidence Flynn Concealed Payments

November 22, 2017
The Department of Defense has confirmed in writing that it has no record that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn sought permission before accepting payments from foreign government sources, including Russia.