Topic: National Security & Foreign Policy

News Roundup: Trump, Giuliani, and Ukraine

September 20, 2019
“Unprecedented” is a word that has been used a lot in the past few years — including this week.
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New Lawsuit Seeks State Department Records of Foreign Policy and Jared Kushner’s Middle East Trips

September 12, 2019
American Oversight sued the State Department for records related to Jared Kushner-led delegations and escalating U.S.-Iran tensions.

FOIA to State Seeking Email Communications Related to Efforts by Rudy Giuliani to Encourage Ukrainian Investigations

September 11, 2019
FOIA to the Department of State seeking email communications of top officials containing key terms related to reported efforts of the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to encourage the government of Ukraine to investigate President Trump’s perceived political opponents.

FOIA to State Seeking Communications with White House on 2020 G7 Location

September 4, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of State for communications between department officials and White House staff regarding the proposed location of the 2020 G7 summit.

No Records Response from NNSA Regarding Communications About Saudi Nuclear Sale Plan

August 15, 2019
The National Nuclear Security Administration stated that it had no records of certain senior officials' communications containing words related to a plan to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

State Records Regarding Jared Kushner’s Personal Email Address

July 23, 2019
State Department records in response to our request seeking communications with Jared Kushner and anyone communicating from, a domain associated with Kushner's personal email address.

Glomar Response from FBI Regarding Russia Hacking of Florida Government in 2016

July 8, 2019
The Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigations responded to American Oversight's request for records on Florida county governments hacked by Russia in 2016 with a "Glomar," meaning that the agency refuses to confirm or deny the existence of such records.

Treasury Records Regarding Chairman Waters’ Letter About A U.S. Person Imprisoned in North Korea

June 28, 2019
Records from the Department of the Treasury relating to the May 3, 2019, letter of House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, requesting answers regarding a potential transfer of value for the U.S. person imprisoned in North Korea, Otto Warmbier.

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

June 7, 2019
American Oversight filed numerous FOIA requests for records of outside influence on American foreign policy and information about a high-level appointee.

FOIA to State Seeking Records Related to the Recall of the Career Civil Servant Ambassador to Ukraine

May 21, 2019
FOIA to State seeking records related to the recall of Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch, a career official, from Ukraine. Yovanovitch was recalled just before President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, announced that he would undertake an effort to convince the Ukrainian president-elect to undertake investigations that could benefit Trump politically.