Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

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. 

Lola Zinke Travel Records

November 16, 2017
Briefing books and emails from the Department of the Interior related to Secretary Ryan Zinke’s wife’s travel on official government business. These records were obtained in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project.

American Oversight Statement Regarding DOI Report on Zinke Travel

November 16, 2017
American Oversight's statement on the Washington Post report that revealed that the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General has found that poor record keeping by Secretary Zinke has hampered their ongoing investigation into multiple facets of his travel, including his mixing of political events with government business, as well as the frequent presence of his wife, Lola Zinke, on official trips.

American Oversight Statement on Carl Icahn Investigation

November 8, 2017
American Oversight released the following statement after reports that Trump administration advisor Carl Icahn had been subpoenaed by the U.S Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York regarding his role in influencing biofuel policy.

Statement on Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Merger

November 8, 2017
American Oversight's statement in response to a report in the Financial Times indicating that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has informed AT&T that federal approval of its planned merger with Time Warner is contingent on the sale of CNN.

No Records Response From OMB Regarding Jared Kushner’s Emails

November 7, 2017
No records response from OMB in response to our FOIA request for emails sent to or received from Jared Kushner with an email address that does not end in ".gov."

FOIA to GSA Regarding MyPillow Internal Communications

November 6, 2017
FOIA to GSA seeking internal communications related to MyPillow contract despite a troubling company reputation.