Electoral College DHS

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2017-HQFO-00162
Due Jan. 11, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials relating to or discussing the Electoral College, members of the Electoral College, or "faithless electors," as well as materials relating to the briefing request from Electoral College members. According to the letter sent by the Electoral College "Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College. The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States." This has been widely discussed by the media. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/electoral-college-intelligence-briefing-russia-election_us_584ee466e4b0e05aded4da1b?

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open publishing arrangement with all three outlets. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made freely available to the general public through the non-profit Internet Archive, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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,

Michael Best

From: US DHS Privacy Office


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From: Michael Best

I provided specific details and a keyword search. This is not overly broad and unreasonable. If you disagree, please reject the request immediately so that I may immediately appeal it. Be aware that several other members of the US Intelligence Community have agreed to process the request as is, and do not consider unreasonably broad and burdensome, and others are processing the request now.

From: Busch, Maura

Michael,

Thank you for clarifying that you intended to forward your request to our intelligence component, Intelligence and
Analysis.

I have forwarded your request to them and they will be responding to you directly.

I will be forwarded to you a more formal letter with the transfer information but that link is not working now so
I wanted to get this email out to you so you were aware.

V/R,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 343-1742
Fax: (202) 343-4011
Visit our FOIA website<http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: US DHS Privacy Office

Good Morning, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486. Regards, DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

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From: Busch, Maura

Michael,

As previously advised, your request was transferred to I & A in December of 2016.

I asked them to follow up with you regarding your request.

Any questions should be directly to that FOIA Office via contact info on dhs.gov foia webpage.
Thanks,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 570-2018
Fax: (202) 343-4011
Visit our FOIA website<http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: Michael Best

"Thank you for clarifying that you intended to forward your request to our intelligence component, Intelligence and
Analysis." Please show me an email where I agreed to this. I have reviewed my correspondence, and am utterly unable to find it.

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