DOJ - Crimes by Iranian nationals

Frank Matt filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
Due Dec. 20, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Frank Matt

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I request all documents, memos, and communications (including written, email, and electronic correspondence) related to or mentioning instructions to review and/or publicize investigations involving Iran or Iranian nationals.

In an article published November 19th, the Washington Post reported that national security prosecutors at the Justice Department had been told to look at any ongoing investigations involving Iran or Iranian nationals with an eye toward making them public.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-pushing-iran-connected-charges-in-hbo-hack-other-cases/2017/11/19/0cc557fc-cd4b-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html?utm_term=.a1382d27258b

I am member of the news media and I request that you categorize me as such for the purpose of fees. I am a reporter whose work has been published with McClatchy Newspapers, The Investigative Fund and Al Jazeera English. I am currently pursuing journalistic projects in the employ of outlets including The Investigative Fund, Climate Home and MuckRock. I am requesting this information for the purposes of newsgathering for MuckRock.com.

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,

Frank Matt

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Frank Matt
MuckRock News
Dept MR 46077
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

Re: FOIA/PA #18-046

Dear Mr. Matt:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email dated November 21, 2017 pertaining to all documents, memos, and communications (including written, email, and electronic correspondence) related to or mentioning instructions to review and/or publicize investigations involving Iran or Iranian nationals. Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on November 21, 2017.

Our policy is to process FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out basis. Consistent with this policy, every effort will be made to respond to your request as quickly as possible. The actual processing time will depend upon the complexity of the request, whether it involves sensitive or voluminous records, and whether consultations with other agencies or agency components are appropriate.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Hello,

We are still conducting a search for possible responsive documents to your request.

Thank you
Arnetta Mallory

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Hello,

Sorry for the delay. We are still conducting a search for possible responsive documents to your request.

Thank you
Arnetta Mallory

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Hello,

Sorry for the delay. We are still conducting a search for possible responsive documents to your request.

Thank you
Arnetta Mallory

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