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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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

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

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 1970s guide to impeachment from the Department of Justice

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

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

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

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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210 Requests

Awaiting Response

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 Response

1 file

Empty Embassy Coordination

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

FOIAs for Trump Taxes

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

1 file

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