Topic: Political Appointees

Newly Obtained Emails Include Private-Sector Executives’ Pandemic-Related Communications with Kushner, Mnuchin

April 9, 2021
Kushner’s task force, which relied on private companies to address pandemic challenges, raised questions about undue influence and created confusion among federal officials.

Records Shed New Light on DOJ ‘Denaturalization’ Section

March 26, 2021
The head of the controversial Justice Department section created by the Trump administration described himself in his application for the position as being “passionate about civil denaturalization.”

News Roundup: The Big Lie Becomes Big Policy

March 25, 2021
The sheer number of voting-restriction bills currently floating in state legislatures makes it hard to keep track of where each proposal stands. But they all point to the fact that conservative leaders and fundraisers have increasingly adopted such restrictions as a primary policy position.

Chad Wolf’s Legacy of Loyalty to Trump

March 25, 2021
From his involvement in early discussions about the family separation policy to his participation in some of the former president’s most undemocratic actions, Wolf faces a number of questions about his role as acting DHS secretary.

Records Show Nearly $60,000 in Staff Costs for Swing State Travel of Trump EPA and Labor Chiefs

March 15, 2021
Trips to swing states ahead of the election by former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia cost taxpayers nearly $60,000 in staff travel and expenses.

News Roundup: The Lie Lives On

March 4, 2021
This week, we obtained copies of phony electoral vote certifications and DHS records from the day of the Jan. 6 attack, and the Transportation Department released a report on former Secretary Chao’s misuse of her position.

Transportation Dept. Watchdog Says Former Secretary Elaine Chao Misused Her Office, Echoing American Oversight Investigations

March 4, 2021
A Transportation inspector general report said Chao used her position to support her family’s business interests — evidence of which has appeared in documents uncovered by American Oversight.

Investigations Update: The Efforts by Trump — and Top Officials — to Overturn the Election

February 2, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election and multiple state lawmakers’ ties to the Capitol attack.
Left to right: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, former President Donald Trump, and Maryland Delegate Daniel Cox.

Investigations Update: State and Local Officials Involved in Capitol Attack

January 26, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, including the involvement of state attorneys general and local government officials.

Watchdogs to Corporate CEOs: Don’t Let Complicit Trump Officials Use Your Company to Launder Reputations

January 26, 2021
After four years of unprecedented abuses of office, those who participated in some of the Trump administration’s greatest transgressions will be looking for their next gig. Their complicity in those efforts must be scrutinized.