Topic: National Security

DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

September 2, 2017
The Department of Justice confirmed in a court filing on Friday evening that neither the DOJ nor the FBI have any records supporting President Trump's tweeted assertion that Trump Tower was "wiretapped."

DOJ Motion for Summary Judgment – Wiretapping Lawsuit

September 1, 2017
Motion for summary judgment filed by the DOJ in American Oversight's FOIA lawsuit seeking records of wiretaps of Trump Tower. In the motion, DOJ confirms that no records exist to confirm President Trump's tweets alleging that he was "wiretapped" by former President Obama.

DHS Response to FOIA Request About Wall Contracting

August 19, 2017
DHS responded to American Oversight's FOIA request (DHS-17-0184) for records identifying the members of the selection committee that will make decisions about awarding the wall contracts. DHS said it was prohibited from releasing the requested records.

DHS No Records Response regarding Eminent Domain

August 18, 2017
Response from DHS indicating that no responsive records were found for American Oversight's FOIA request relating to the cost of the proposed border wall.

DHS No Records Response regarding SBInet

August 18, 2017
DHS stated that it had no records relating to American Oversight's FOIA request for information about the canceled SBInet virtual border fence program.

DHS No Responsive Records for Communications with Border Agent Union or Congress about Construction or Funding of Border Wall

August 18, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security found no responsive records to American Oversight's FOIA request (DHS-CBP-17-0122) for communications with the border agent union regarding the construction of a border wall; communications with Congress regarding funding for the border wall.

DOJ Response to FOIA Request for National Security Division Communications

August 17, 2017
The Department of Justice's response to American Oversight's FOIA request (DOJ-17-0241) for communications within the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The records we requested were exempt.

DHS Response Border Wall Special Report

August 15, 2017
DHS Response to American Oversight's FOIA request (DHS-OIG-17-0306) for all records related to the construction of Trump’s border wall as reviewed by the Office of Inspector General as part of its “Special Report.”

Defending the Public’s Right to Hold Government Accountable

August 11, 2017
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to access government records - but at least one Congressional committee has instructed federal agencies to withhold many records when responding to FOIA requests. American Oversight is going to court to challenge this new attack on government transparency and to defend the public's right to hold government officials accountable.

DOJ Internal Communications Regarding AG Session’s Recusal

August 11, 2017
Responded August 11, 2017 - Internal communications from Department of Justice regarding Attorney General Jeff Session's recusal from matters relating to the campaigns for the President of the United States (DOJ-17-0003)