DOJ subpoenas for records of news media (Department of Justice, Criminal Division)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CRM-300672413

Multi Request DOJ subpoenas for records of news media
Due July 9, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all spreadsheets, lists, databases, or other record reflecting all subpoenas issued by the Justice Department pursuant to 28 CFR 50.10 (Policy regarding obtaining information from, or records of, members of the news media) as far back as such spreadsheets are maintained. If no such documentation exists, I request copies of all subpoenas issued pursuant to the above policy.

Per the policy (available online here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/50.10), both the Director of the Office of Public Affairs and to the Director of the Criminal Division's Office of Enforcement Operations receive copies of each such subpoena within 10 business days of authorization.

As a professional reporter who has covered the Justice Department extensively, I assert that I am appropriately categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Given the intense public interest in this topic, I further ask that any and all fees be waived. 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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Please see the attached, which acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act and/or Privacy Act request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for acknowledging this request, CRM-300672413.

Please confirm that I have been categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

This responds to your status inquiry dated July 7, 2018 concerning your pending Freedom of Information Act request received on June 8, 2018 for records concerning list of all subpoenas issued by the Justice Department pursuant to 28 CFR 50.10.

Please be advised that your request is being processed on the complex track. On average, it takes the FOIA/PA Unit 203 days to process a complex request. Please note that 203 working days is the average, with fifty percent of cases being completed sooner, and the other fifty percent of cases requiring additional time. At this time, your request has been pending for 25 business days. The request is being processed.

We have not yet made a decision on your request for preferred fee status as a member of the news media. We will do so after we determine whether the processing of your request will result in any assessable fees.

Your continued patience is appreciated and we apologize for the delays in the processing of your request. Please feel free to follow up with the FOIA/PA Unit in sixty days if you would like another status update on your request.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

This responds to your status inquiry dated October 15, 2018 concerning your pending Freedom of Information Act request received on June 8, 2018 for records concerning List of all subpoenas issued by the Justice Department pursuant to 28 CFR 50.10.

Please be advised that your request is being processed on the complex track. On average, it takes the FOIA/PA Unit 203 days to process a complex request. Please note that 203 working days is the average, with fifty percent of cases being completed sooner, and the other fifty percent of cases requiring additional time. At this time, your request has been pending for 89 business days. A search for responsive records is pending.

Your continued patience is appreciated and we apologize for the delays in the processing of your request. Please feel free to follow up with the FOIA/PA Unit in sixty days if you would like another status update on your request.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

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