FOIA the Trump Administration

FOIA requests regarding the Trump administration and transition.

While the Office of the White House is exempt from FOIA, its appointees are not, and you can help us FOIA them. This is a project to collaborate on filing requests regarding the Trump administration, with a particular focus on Donald J Trump’s top political appointees as well as information that can be gathered. The focus of these requests is not just the ongoing work of the administration, but also documents that highlight the background of various officials in the new administration, including the President Elect himself.

To join the project, send an email to michael@muckrock.com, or join us on Slack by entering your information here.

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FOIAing the Trump administration: local ICE impacts and ongoing industry ties

FOIAing the Trump administration: local ICE impacts and ongoing industry ties

The best records requests are specific, so if you want to know how the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement tactics are impacting your area, why not ask your local institutions?

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FOIAing the Trump administration: tracking travel, investigations, and whether Trump’s cabinet thinks he’s a ‘moron.’

FOIAing the Trump administration: tracking travel, investigations, and whether Trump’s cabinet thinks he’s a ‘moron.’

Starting today, every Tuesday we’ll be putting together a weekly roundup of how FOIA is contributing to oversight of the Trump administration.

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GAO not releasing details on collection agency with financial ties to Betsy DeVos' contested bid with the Department of Education

GAO not releasing details on collection agency with financial ties to Betsy DeVos’ contested bid with the Department of Education

If a company is going to be reimbursed for fees associated with filing bid protests against an agency headed up by a person with whom they’ve done business in the past, both the process by which the protests came to be sustained and any reimbursements paid to the company ought to be a matter of public record. In the case of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Performant Financial Corporation, that isn’t the case.

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ODNI claims it can't find evidence of Trump investigation that clearly exists

ODNI claims it can’t find evidence of Trump investigation that clearly exists

Back in March, Emma Best requested copies of “written requests for investigations or reports relating to Donald J. Trump or his campaign” from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Just this week, the ODNI responded, saying that after a “comprehensive search,” it couldn’t find any. Which is strange, because as a simple Google search found responsive records.

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Here is how the Department of Energy responded to the 74 questions posed by the new Trump administration

Here is how the Department of Energy responded to the 74 questions posed by the new Trump administration

Before President Donald J. Trump even took office, the Department of Energy found itself rattled by the questions the administration was posing. In a survey that was widely reported on, the administration demanded to know everything from highest paid employees to who was involved in climate research.

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Over two-thirds of all Title IX cases that have ever been resolved were a result of guidelines Betsy DeVos just rescinded

Over two-thirds of all Title IX cases that have ever been resolved were a result of guidelines Betsy DeVos just rescinded

A recently-released list of all closed Title IX complaints regarding sexual assault at postsecondary institutions shows that over two-thirds of all cases that have ever been resolved came after the 2011 Dear Colleague letter was introduced - making Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ decision to rescind those guidelines all the more frustrating.

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FOIA requests for data shine light on Trump administration

FOIA requests for data shine light on Trump administration

Smart FOIA requests recently have shown how a government immigration complaint database has channelled fear and paranoia, helped a reporter see which journalists and activists get under a politician’s skin, and helped dig into how Trump officials are spending their time. Plus a new audit finds mix news out of Illinois.

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Kindle Project supports MuckRock's work to open up Trump administration and private prisons

Kindle Project supports MuckRock’s work to open up Trump administration and private prisons

MuckRock’s mission has been to make government more accountable and open to the people. For the past three years that’s included a special focus on private prisons, and late last year we launched a project focused on the incoming Trump administration. Today, we’re excited to announce a $10,000 grant by the Kindle Project to further those missions, as well as a part-time opening.

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Justice Department confirms "ongoing investigation" into Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Justice Department confirms “ongoing investigation” into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

Last year, Emma Best filed a FOIA with the FBI for all records on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Within a couple months, the Bureau responded by claiming they couldn’t find anything. Emma appealed, citing the FBI’s public statements - and just this week, the Justice Department confirmed there while there were records, they couldn’t be released on grounds there is an ongoing investigation.

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Between the election and the inauguration, the NYPD spent an estimated $35 million guarding Trump Tower

Between the election and the inauguration, the NYPD spent an estimated $35 million guarding Trump Tower

Back in January, MuckRock’s Beryl Lipton filed public records requests with the NYPD for how much the city was spending in security details for President-elect Donald Trump. Those budgets just came in last week, and they confirm reports that Trump was costing his hometown the equivalent of a President’s annual salary every day.

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Read the Department of Justice's guide to impeachment from the '70s

Read the Department of Justice’s guide to impeachment from the ‘70s

Since before even taking office, President Donald J. Trump has been the center of intense impeachment gossip. Cut through the speculation and read how it works from the source, the Department of Justice itself.

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We don't know who's heading up Trump's deregulation teams

We don’t know who’s heading up Trump’s deregulation teams

Two months after the deadline set via President Trump’s Executive Order 13777 directing the departments of the federal government to create Regulatory Reform Task Forces, many agencies have still not made public the members comprising the new groups. So who will be deciding which regulations make the cut? Right now, we don’t know.

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Trump’s Regulatory Reform teams prepare for action

Trump’s Regulatory Reform teams prepare for action

The President wants to see fewer federal regulations and has issued multiple Executive Orders to that effect. But the one-in-two-out approach may leave rules with important intentions on the chopping block.

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Join our project to FOIA the Trump administration

Join our project to FOIA the Trump administration

Since June 2015, MuckRock users have been filing FOIA requests regarding a possible Trump presidency. In fact, so far there’s been over 160 public Trump-related requests filed through the site, all of which you can browse through freely. Now, we want your help filing even more.

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214 Requests

Fix Required

6 files

Andrew Puzder

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Labor of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

Betsy DeVos Ed Dept

Emma Best sent this request to the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

Chicago Trump (Illinois State Police)

Joseph Uchill sent this request to the Illinois State Police of Illinois

Completed

3 files

Clock Tower

Emma Best sent this request to the National Park Service of the United States of America

Completed

4 files

Days of Prayer for Rain

Emma Best sent this request to the Office of the Governor of Texas

Awaiting Acknowledgement

FOIAs for Trump Taxes

Emma Best sent this request to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America

Awaiting Appeal

3 files

Guccifer400

Emma Best sent this request to the United States Secret Service of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

Linda McMahon SBA

Emma Best sent this request to the Small Business Administration of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

7 files

Mnuchin Treasury

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Treasury of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

3 files

Oleg Erovinkin

Emma Best sent this request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

6 files

Scott Pruitt

Emma Best sent this request to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

2 files

Sessions Justice

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Justice of the United States of America

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Tom Price HHS

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

7 files

Trump For America

Emma Best sent this request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

2 files

Trump investigation requests (Air Force)

Emma Best sent this request to the Air Force of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Trump Poster Proof/Communications

JPat Brown sent this request to the Library of Congress of the United States of America

No Responsive Documents

Trump/revenue

Adam Vaccaro sent this request to the Department of Revenue of Massachusetts

Withdrawn

Trump Sanctuary City Threat Emails

JPat Brown sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA

Completed

10 files

Wedtech

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Justice of the United States of America

Awaiting Response

3 files

Yates emails

Emma Best sent this request to the Department of Justice of the United States of America