Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

FOIA In Action: Helping Journalists Expose Questionable Behavior By Trump’s Appointees

November 2, 2017
American Oversight has been investigating questionable behaviors by Trump's political appointees. Our FOIAs have helped journalists report on many conflicts of interests, such as using personal email for government business and high-level political figures hosting events at Trump properties.

Status Conference in PFAW v. DOJ

October 27, 2017
The court ordered a status conference on November 16, 2017 in the lawsuit brought by American Oversight on behalf of People For the American Way seeking records of any FBI instructions to Attorney General Sessions regarding the completion of his SF-86 clearance application. 

American Oversight Calls for Investigation of Payments Made to Trump Organization

October 27, 2017
American Oversight is calling on federal, Florida and New York State law enforcement officials and prosecutors to investigate whether domestic and foreign interests have used Trump properties, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, and the Trump National Doral as conduits to bribe the Trump administration to pursue favorable policies and award contracts.

Texts Show SBA Staff Tried to “Crop the Opulence” from Trump Hotel Event

October 24, 2017
As SBA Administrator Linda McMahon spoke to a meeting of Louisiana business leaders in Washington, DC last month, staffers for the Small Business Administration worked behind the scenes to capture photos of the speech that hid the event's location – the Trump International Hotel.

Congressional Russia Investigations Must be Transparent and Credible

October 20, 2017
Following investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, it's critical that congressional investigations are conducted properly to get the truth and inform the public. American Oversight recently joined with a bipartisan group of experts in congressional investigations to develop a set of benchmarks for evaluating the various investigations and to help Americans determine if the committee inquiries are credible.

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

October 17, 2017
In advance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony on Wednesday, October 18 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, non-partisan watchdog group American Oversight called on senators to pose the following questions to Sessions