A former State Department lawyer and the founder of another Washington watchdog group have joined forces to form an organization they say will serve as a check on the Trump administration.
American Oversight will primarily use litigation and open records laws to “uncover and publicize information about malfeasance and corruption by administration officials,” it said in a release announcing its creation on Monday.
“Congress has abdicated its constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities of the executive branch — from failing to vet individuals before they take office to explicitly refusing to investigate conflicts of interest and misconduct,” the announcement says.
While key figures in the group have ties to Democrats, American Oversight bills itself as non-partisan.
Austin Evers, who most recently served as a senior counsel at the State Department, will lead the non-profit and Melanie Sloan, who founded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, will be working as a senior adviser. She served as executive director of CREW for more than a decade and left in 2014 after David Brock was elected to the board of directors.
Yeah I think we need all the help we can get with this cadre of criminals.
Though personally I would like to see dozens of organizations like this form.
With enough pressure, and enough exposure, we just might be able to hold the damage done to the country to a minimum.
Read more about American Oversight here.