Communications involving Donald Trump Jr. (Department of Agriculture)

Matthew Shor filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2018-DA-03073-F

Multi Request Communications involving Donald Trump Jr.
Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

Communications

From: Matthew Shor

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All communications, to and from, Donald Trump Jr.
All communications including, "Donald Trump Jr.", "Don Jr.", or any other name representing Donald Trump Jr.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matthew Shor

From: Department of Agriculture

Dear Mr. Shor,

This email acknowledges receipt by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department FOIA Office (DFO) of your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your request was received by this office on March 20, 2018.

DFO is under the purview of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and serves as the focal point for USDA's FOIA program. DFO provides coordination and ensures agency wide compliance with the FOIA. DFO processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary and Departmental Management's ("DM") components. For a complete listing of DM's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.

The FOIA regulation 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i) requires USDA to make a determination in response to a FOIA request within 20 business days from its date of receipt. In unusual circumstances, the Federal agency time limit may be extended by 10 business days as stated in 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If your request seeks numerous records that will necessitate a wide-ranging search including searches with components and possible consultations with components that have a substantial interest in the determination of this request, USDA will invoke a 10 business day extension for determination of your request. You have the option to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive records.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Pursuant to USDA FOIA regulations, Title 7 CFR §1.8(d), the USDA processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.

Provisions of the FOIA allow USDA to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. For purposes of fee assessment, you were categorized as a "all other" requester, pursuant to 7 CFR Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 1 Section (5)(d). For your review and information, a copy of the USDA FOIA Fee Schedule is attached. In accordance with 7 CFR Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 1 Section 6(a)(4), your fees shall be waived where the amount of the fee is $25.00 or less.

Your request has been assigned FOIA Case No. 2018-DA-03073-F. Please refer to this case number in any future correspondence. If you have any questions regarding the processing of this request, please contact me at 202-694-5260 or electronically at camille.aponte@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:camille.aponte@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>. For additional information regarding USDA FOIA regulations and process, please refer to the information available on-line at www.dm.usda.gov/foia<http://www.dm.usda.gov/foia>.

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

Sincerely,

USDA Department FOIA Office

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

From: Department of Agriculture

Dear Mr. Shor,

The above-referenced FOIA request seeks "[a]ll communications, to and from, Donald Trump Jr. All communications including, 'Donald Trump Jr.', 'Don Jr., or any other name representing Donald Trump Jr."

Your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. See 7 C.F.R. § 1.5(b). Where possible, a requester should supply specific information regarding dates, titles, names
of individuals, names of offices, and name of agencies or organizations that may help identify the records. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records. In addition, in order for an email search to be conducted, you will need to identify the names of USDA employees who you believe are likely to maintain emails pertaining to the subject of your request. Unfortunately, we cannot conduct broad sweeping searches of all USDA email accounts.

Please identify USDA employees whose emails accounts you wish be searched for communications to and from Donald Trump, Jr. If you wish to discuss by phone, you may reach me at (202) 694-6250. Your request will be put on hold and cannot be processed until the scope is clarified, as explained above.

Thank you,

Camille

Camille C. Aponte, Esq.
FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
Department FOIA Office
Office of the Chief Information Officer
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 4105
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone: (202) 694-5260
Email: Camille.Aponte@ocio.usda.gov

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

From: Department of Agriculture

Dear Mr. Shor,

If a response to the below email, seeking additional clarification of your FOIA request, is not received by Friday, April 20, 2018, the above-referenced FOIA request will be administratively closed.
Best,

Camille

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