|Submitted||April 22, 2018|
|Due||May 18, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
I hereby request the following information: the two-page Steele dossier summary shared by Jonathan M. Winer with Victoria Nuland in September of 2016, as well as any and all communications, emails, documents, and memorandum exchanged between Jonathan M. Winer (former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement), Victoria Nuland (former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs), Christopher Steele (former British MI6 Agent), Sidney Blumenthal (Clinton confidant), and Cody Shearer, between 01/01/2015 and 12/31/2017, regarding and or mentioning any of the following: (1) Donald J. Trump, (2) the Trump campaign, (3) Carter Page, (4) Michael Cohen, (5) Paul Manafort, (6) Rick Gates, (7) George Papadopoulos, (8) Gen. Michael Flynn, (9) Julian Assange, (10) Wikileaks.
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In a February 8, 2018 Washington Post article written by Jonathan M. Winer, Winer states that: “In 2009, I met and became friends with Steele, after he retired from British government service focusing on Russia. Steele was providing business intelligence on the same kinds of issues I worked on at the time.”
Winer goes on to state that when he returned to the State Department in 2013, that “He asked me whether the State Department would like copies of new information as he developed it. I contacted Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat who was then assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and shared with her several of Steele’s reports. She told me they were useful and asked me to continue to send them. Over the next two years, I shared more than 100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department, who continued to find them useful.”
In the summer of 2016, Steele later informed Winer that “…he had learned of disturbing information regarding possible ties between Donald Trump, his campaign and senior Russian officials.”
Winer further describes how in September of 2016 he and Steele met in Washington to discuss the “dossier”.
Winer states that he “…was allowed to review, but not to keep, a copy of these reports to enable me to alert the State Department. I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.”
Later that September, Winer claims that he spoke with Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who he describes as “an old friend”. Winer states that “Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s reports. He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.”
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.
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2018. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2018-03107.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.