Topic: National Security & Foreign Policy

News Roundup: Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

November 15, 2019
The latest on the impeachment inquiry, plus more on our investigations into Pompeo's political ambitions and threats to voting rights at the state level.

FOIA to DOE Seeking Communications with Roy Bailey

November 15, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of Energy seeking communications between senior agency leadership and Roy Bailey, a business partner of Rudy Giuliani.

How ‘Sharpiegate’ Turned a Simple Misunderstanding into a Media Frenzy — and Headache for NOAA Employees

November 14, 2019
Newly released public documents related to Hurricane Dorian show how an apparent misunderstanding spiraled into the politicization of basic government functions.

News Roundup: Ukraine-Related Documents, Hurdles for Asylum-Seekers, and Chad Wolf’s Involvement in Family Separation

November 8, 2019
The latest on impeachment and on our investigations into the administration's immigration policies.

Complaint: American Oversight v. State — Sondland’s Ukraine Communications and Calendar Entries

November 8, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of State for records of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, including calendar entries, text messages, communications with Rudy Giuliani and his associates, and communications about efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s political opponent, Joe Biden, and members of Biden’s family.

Mike Pompeo’s Political Ambitions and Influences

November 8, 2019
First serving in the Trump administration as CIA director before his appointment as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has become one of President Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal cabinet members. His leadership at the State Department and his various taxpayer-funded trips have raised questions about his external influences and his possible future political aims in his home state of Kansas — and we’re investigating.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOE — Perry and Brouillette’s Ukraine Records and Communications

November 8, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Energy for Secretary Rick Perry’s communications with high-level Ukraine officials; with outside groups associated with U.S. energy interests in Ukraine; and with particular associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. American Oversight is also seeking the release of records regarding the U.S. delegation, led by Perry, to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration, including the records of former Chief of Staff Brian McCormack.

What We Learned from the Yovanovitch and McKinley Transcripts

November 7, 2019
We read between the lines of Yovanovitch and McKinley's testimony — here are eight takeaways and clues about documents that we're using in our ongoing investigation.

Complaint: American Oversight v. OMB and DOD — Directives and Communications Concerning Ukraine

November 7, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Defense for directives and communications that may relate to any effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate one of President Trump’s political opponents as part of an effort to give the president an electoral advantage.

FOIA to State Seeking Records Related to Congressional Inquiries and Lack of Support for Career Foreign Service Officers

November 6, 2019
FOIA to the Department of State seeking select records related to the agency's approach in responding to the ongoing impeachment inquiry and supporting career foreign service officers.