Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

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.

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.

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.