Topic: Government Transparency

Defense Department and Army Failed to Preserve Jan. 6 Text Messages — American Oversight Calls for Investigation

August 2, 2022
In response to American Oversight’s litigation, the Defense Department and the Army have confirmed in court filings that the phones of certain former senior Trump administration officials had been wiped — and that any text messages from Jan. 6, 2021, were not preserved.

Letter to Attorney General Garland Regarding the DOD’s Failure to Preserve Communications from Jan. 6th

August 2, 2022
American Oversight letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting an investigation of the Department of Defense's failure to preserve test messages and other communications from Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

News Roundup: The ‘Wild/Creative’ Fake Electors Scheme

July 29, 2022
“Kind of wild/creative” — that’s how a Trump-allied lawyer, in an early December 2020 email, characterized the scheme to submit fake electoral certificates in an attempt to overturn the election results.

News Roundup: Wisconsin Court Order, Trump Accountability, and State Anti-Immigration Measures

July 8, 2022
Amid another week of somber headlines, American Oversight achieved a victory for accountability in the world of bogus election reviews.

News Roundup: January 6 Hearing, Lawsuits in Wisconsin and Texas, and the Supreme Court

July 1, 2022
It was another week of blockbuster Jan. 6 testimony and earth-shattering Supreme Court decisions.

Complaint and Court Filings: American Oversight v. Texas Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton – Records of Communications

June 30, 2022
American Oversight's lawsuit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking the release of records of certain communications, including official messages sent using personal accounts or devices.

News Roundup: Pardons, Partisans and Our Endangered Democracy

June 24, 2022
It’s impossible to overstate the gravity of America’s current political situation.

News Roundup: Contempt of Court, Subversion of Democracy

June 17, 2022
As the select committee examined Trump’s stolen election lies, a court imposed sanctions on the Wisconsin Assembly’s ongoing partisan inquiry into the 2020 election.

Maryland Gov. Hogan’s Use of Self-Destructing Messaging App

June 15, 2022
Following reporting that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had communicated with staff via Wickr, a smartphone app that can be used to send self-destructing messages, American Oversight began investigating the office’s records retention practices.

News Roundup: January 6 Hearing, Wisconsin Assembly’s OSC Held in Contempt, and More Cyber Ninjas Documents

June 10, 2022
Thursday night was the first of several public hearings of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6.