Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration
Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, and we’re all familiar with high-profile policies that dominate headlines - the Muslim ban, the increasing detention of immigrants, the militarization of the border, rollback of protections for the LGBTQ+ community, the ongoing effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act … the list goes on.
Yet there many less known scandals that are taking place away from the front pages. Under the Trump Administration, government agencies are working to weaken their own power to protect workers and consumers alike. These policies will bring huge benefits to industry interests, but will be a disaster for average Americans.
This is where MuckRock comes in. We’re excited to announce that MuckRock is relaunching our Trump-focused FOIA project, rebranding it as “The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration,” where we’ll focus on the administration’s lesser known, but no less dangerous actions, which all too often escape media scrutiny.
And true to the spirit of MuckRock, we’re asking our readers to help.
If there’s a government agency you’d like to help us dig into, or if you’ve seen a report that needs a deeper investigation, let us know via the Assignments tool and we’ll look into it!
Image by Joyce N. Boghosian via White House Flickr
A little more than a month after MuckRock launched The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration project, we’ve submitted dozens of FOIA requests, and received a handful of excellent tips from our readers. A number of these tips have been especially helpful: we’ve even heard from former government employees with first-hand knowledge of potential scandals in some government agencies.
Almost a year ago to the day, I filed a FOIA request with the Federal Communications Commission for emails related to the now-infamous Ajit Pai Harlem Shake video. Today, those records were finally released, revealing just how how far the agency would go to fight accountability over even the stupidest issue.
We’re excited to announce that MuckRock is relaunching our Trump-focused FOIA project, rebranding it as “The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration.” We’ll focus on the administration’s lesser known, but no less dangerous actions, which all too often escape media scrutiny.