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June 13, 2018

By Justin Rood

Justice Department Threatens Investigation of Investigation (of Investigation)



Rod Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly threatened to ask the House of Representatives’ top lawyers to investigate the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a confusing idea. Here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 22, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

How Zinke’s Interior Department Has Impeded Oversight



Zinke investigation money Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides often disregard, and perhaps even attempt to evade, oversight and accountability

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 11, 2018

By Mort Rosenberg

Why Congressional Inquiries Trump Federal Investigations



Comey memos DOJ When the Justice Department shared former FBI Director James Comey’s Trump-related memos with Congress, executive branch defenders were outraged. They’re wrong, and here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 18, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Public Interest Group Wins Legal Fees in Transparency Lawsuit



A Los Angeles metropolitan bus A California court recently ordered a contractor that tried to block the release of public records to pay the legal expenses of an organization that requested the records.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

March 13, 2018

By Justin Rood

The Depressing Heroism of a Bipartisan Congressional Inquiry



Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in front of the letter they sent. A bipartisan letter from two Senators to the White House last month deserves greater attention—and praise. While it can seem that Congressional oversight is doomed to fail in this era of hyperpartisanship, the duo’s joint questions regarding clearance proc

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Topics: Government Accountability

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