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New Watchdog Demands DOJ Investigation of Records Law Violations

Investigators Will Use Public Records and Legal Challenges to Uncover Misconduct Across Executive Branch Agencies

“… American Oversight is led by experienced litigator Austin Evers who will serve as Executive Director and ethics expert Melanie Sloan who will serve as Senior Advisor. Evers and Sloan will be supported by an in-house litigation team and outside counsel who will be retained for project-specific work….Today, American Oversight asked the Department of Justice and the U.S. National Archives to investigate the use of non-governmental email and messaging apps – some of which automatically delete messages – to conduct government business. Failing to preserve such communications may violate federal law, including the Federal Records Act and the Presidential Records Act. Previously, Congress conducted aggressive oversight investigations when concerned that administration officials, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, might have violated federal record-keeping laws….American Oversight will post its information requests, complaints, and legal actions on its website,, which also includes a link for anyone with information about potential government misconduct to share tips or documents. To read American Oversight’s letters calling on Attorney General Sessions and Archivist of the United States Ferriero to investigate the use of non-government systems for official business, click HERE. To view the Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by American Oversight click HERE.”

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