DoJ emails with Mighty Earth

Emmanuel Freudenthal filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
Tracking #

20-347, A-2020-02085

20-347

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- All the email exchanged between the DoJ and emails addresses with the domains @waxmanstrategies.com and/or @mightyearth.org since 1st January 2018.

I am a freelance investigative journalist whose work was published by BBC, Le Monde, Telegraph and others. My website is www.emmanuel-freudenthal.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,

Emmanuel Freudenthal

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Emmanuel Freudenthal
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 97905
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com
Re: FOIA/PA #20-347

Dear Mr. Freudenthal:

This is to acknowledge your email dated July 7, 2020 for information pertaining all the email exchanged between the DOJ and emails addresses with the domains waxmanstrategies.com and/or @mightyearth.org since 1st January 2018. Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on July 7, 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the NSD FOIA staff is teleworking full time. Our FOIA operations have been diminished while we are teleworking and our FOIA intake and FOIA processing will be slower than normal.

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.

You may contact our Government Information Specialist, Arnetta Mallory, for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request at:

U.S. Department of Justice
National Security Division
Records and FOIA Unit
3 Constitution Square
175 N Street N.E. 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 233-2639

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Emmanuel Freudenthal
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 97905
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com
Re: FOIA/PA #20-347

Dear Mr. Freudenthal:

This is in reference to your email dated July 7, 2020 for information pertaining all the email exchanged between the DOJ and emails addresses with the domains waxmanstrategies.com and/or @mightyearth.org since 1st January 2018. Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on July 7, 2020.

This office conducted a file search of the National Security Division Office Assistant Attorney General files. We did not locate any responsive records subject to FOIA.

If you are not satisfied with the National Security Division's determination in response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, 441 G Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIA STAR portal by creating an account on the following website: https://foiastar.doj.gov. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal.

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

To: Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice

I would like to appeal FOIA/PA #20-347 because I am convinced that the documents requested exist.

Waxman Strategies mention on their webpage that they have corresponded with the FARA unit. They wrote "Our registration was in response to specific instruction from the U.S. government’s FARA Unit." https://waxmanstrategies.com/updates/transparency-and-fara-compliance-in-our-environmental-work/

Therefore I would like a new search to be conducted.

Thanks in advance. Best regards,
Emmanuel

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

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