Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

American Oversight sued the General Services Administration to force the release of several thousand pages of email correspondence between the Trump transition team and the GSA, as well as the memorandum of understanding signed between the GSA and the transition, as part of our investigation into President Trump’s profits from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum outlining the agreement between the GSA and the Trump transition team. GSA provides office space and technical services to the incoming president and their staff to facilitate the transition to the new administration. The MOU includes several redactions which American Oversight plans to challenge in court. [View on DocumentCloud: Trump Transition MOU]

Transition Team Emails with GSA

GSA provided roughly 3,700 pages of emails in response to American Oversight’s Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit seeking records of communications with the Trump transition team. Select emails are highlighted below. [View on DocumentCloud: Trump Transition GSA Emails]

Email thread regarding a request by the transition team for secure mobile phones -- including a specific request by Michael Flynn for a phone that would allow him to discuss classified information. These emails were sent only a few days before Jared Kushner and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak discussed the possibility of using Russian embassy systems to have a "secure" conversation regarding Syria.
Emails between officials with the GSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence indicate that Michael Flynn was pushing for transition staff to receive an unclassified cybersecurity briefing.
Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom contacted the transition team seeking comment on a story reporting that email addresses and passwords for a number of senior Trump officials had been posted online by hackers.
Email to Trump transition team staff including talking points on the importance of switching to government-owned devices (rather than personal cell phones) to counter an increased cybersecurity threat.

American Oversight has filed over 20 lawsuits and more than 500 Freedom of Information Act requests to force the Trump administration to release documents including Attorney General Sessions’ SF-86 clearance form, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s detailed calendars, and thousands of pages of secret health care negotiations between the administration and Congress.

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