Emails Between CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney and Wells Fargo

Paul Gottinger filed this request with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the United States of America.
Tracking #

BCFP-2019-0150-F

BCFP-2019-0149-F

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From: Paul Gottinger


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all emails between CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney and any person employed by or associated with Wells Fargo.

I am a career journalist with work that has appeared at The Daily Beast among other publications. I am willing to pay any reasonable expenses associated with this request, however, as the purpose of the requested disclosure is in full conformity with the statutory requirements for a waiver of fees, I formally request such a waiver.

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,

Paul Gottinger

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Greetings,

The request is currently pending closure review and we expect to complete shortly.

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dear Mr. Gottinger:

This letter is to inform you that on January 7, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated January 7, 2019. Your request sought:

Any and all emails between CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney and any person employed by or associated with Wells Fargo.

After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that it is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records in which you are seeking. Please consider providing a list of a few custodians and the domain for Wells Fargo. Also, you can always apply terms to a more broad set of custodians. We are available to talk if that would be easier.

Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason, §1070.14 of the CFPB regulations (12 C.F.R. Part 1070) require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the CFPB office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.

This is not a denial of your request. If further clarification is not provided within 30 days from the date of this letter, your FOIA request will be administratively closed.

Thank you,
FOIA Public Liaison | FOIA Office
Office: (202) 435-9499 | Toll Free: (855) 444-3642

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
consumerfinance.gov/foia

Confidentiality Notice: If you received this email by mistake, you should notify the sender of the mistake and delete the e-mail and any attachments. An inadvertent disclosure is not intended to waive any privileges.

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dear Mr.  Gottinger,
Attached to this email is our final response to your FOIA request dated December 17, 2018 to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CFPB FOIA Team at 1-855-444-FOIA (3642) or FOIA@consumerfinance.gov. Thank you.
FOIA Public Liaison | FOIA Office Office: (202) 435-9499 | Toll Free: (855)444-3642 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov/foia Confidentiality Notice: If you received this email by mistake, youshould notify the sender of the mistake and delete the e-mail and anyattachments.  An inadvertent disclosure is not intended to waive anyprivileges.

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dear Mr.  Gottinger,
Attached to this email is our final response to your FOIA request dated December 17, 2018 to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CFPB FOIA Team at 1-855-444-FOIA (3642) or FOIA@consumerfinance.gov. Thank you.
FOIA Public Liaison | FOIA Office Office: (202) 435-9499 | Toll Free: (855)444-3642 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov/foia Confidentiality Notice: If you received this email by mistake, youshould notify the sender of the mistake and delete the e-mail and anyattachments.  An inadvertent disclosure is not intended to waive anyprivileges.

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Attached to this email is our final response to your FOIA request dated January 7, 2019 to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CFPB FOIA Team at 1-855-444-FOIA (3642) or FOIA@consumerfinance.gov. Thank you.
FOIA Public Liaison | FOIA Office Office: (202) 435-9499 | Toll Free: (855)444-3642 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov/foia Confidentiality Notice: If you received this email by mistake, youshould notify the sender of the mistake and delete the e-mail and anyattachments.  An inadvertent disclosure is not intended to waive anyprivileges.

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dear Mr. Gottinger: As an update to your request, FOIA Request BCFP-2019-0173-F, we haveinitiated a search for “all e-mails sent from or received by any government orpersonal e-mail accounts used by the Office of Management and Budget’s DirectorJohn M. Mulvaney that contain the keywords "Allied Progress". The search conducted came back withinitial results of approximately 1.5 GB of data. Your request was recentlyreassigned to me for processing. Please be advised that the CFPBFOIA Office has a backlog of pending FOIA requests.  We are diligentlyworking to process each request in the order in which it was received. Your patience is greatly appreciated. With this given request, our office will have to correspondwith other CFPB offices to ensure that the information we provide to you is asaccurate and complete as possible. Due to the nature, type of records yourequested, and the voluminous amount of records received from the search, the estimated date that your request willbe completed is by . If you would like to discussthis timeframe further or reformulate your request, please do not hesitate togive me a call or send me an e-mail directly to discuss your request. July 19, 2019

From: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Paul Gottinger
MuckRock News
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Via email: requests@muckrock.com
Dear Mr. Gottinger:
Please be advised that the CFPBFOIA Office has a backlog of pending FOIA requests.  We are diligentlyworking to process each request in the order in which it was received. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
As an update to your request, we have initiated a searchfor: A.) “any and all records created or transmitted by or between White Housestaff, including but not limited to their email addresses ending in“who.eop.gov,” including but not limited to Jared Kushner, John F. Kelly,Justin Clark, George Sifakis, Andrew Giuliani, Bill Stepien, Stephen Munisteri,Jennifer Korn, Sarah Makin, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, Jeremy Katz, Ashley HickeyMarquis, and Dina Powell, Kenneth I. Juster, Jeremy Katz, George David Banks ,Mathew Haarsager, Shahira Knight, Ashley Hickey Marquis, Andrew Olmem, AndrewQuinn, and CFPB employees between January 1, 2018 and December 15, 2018; B.)“in addition to records requested above, we also request records describing theprocessing of this request, including records sufficient to identify searchterms used and locations and custodians searched, and any tracking sheets usedto track the processing of this request. If your agency uses FOIAquestionnaires or certifications completed by individual custodians or componentsto determine whether they possess responsive materials or to describe how theyconducted searches, we also request any such records prepared in connectionwith the processing of this request.”
Your request was recently assigned to me for processing. In the process of conducting this search andupon further review, we have classified your request as complex. Complexrequests are those which involve voluminous records and for which lengthy ornumerous consultations are requested, or those which may involve sensitiverecords.
In accordance with Section 1070.17of the CFPB FOIA regulations, 12 C.F.R. Part 1070, the Bureau generallyprocesses FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although the CFPB’s goal is to respond within20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-dayextension of this time period for unusual circumstances. Unusual circumstances include the need tosearch for and collect records from separate CFPB officers; the need to searchfor, collect, and examine a voluminous amount of records “demanded in a singlerequest”; and the need to consult with another agency or two or more agencycomponents.
Due to the complexity of yourrequest, the CFPB will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowedby 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you haveany questions or if you wish to discuss the reformulation of your request or analternative time frame for processing your request, you may contact our FOIAPublic Liaison at FOIA@consumerfinance.gov or by phone at 1-855-444-FOIA(3642).
With this given request, our office will have to correspondwith other CFPB offices to ensure that the information we provide to you is asaccurate and complete as possible. Due to the nature, type of records yourequested, and the voluminous amount of records received from the search, the estimated date that your request willbe completed is by August 24 . If you would like to discussthis timeframe further or reformulate your request, please reference your FOIArequest number above and contact our FOIA Public Liaison via email atFOIA@consumerfinance.gov or by phone at 1-855-444-FOIA (3642). , 2019
Additionally, you may contact theOffice of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives andRecords Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services theyoffer. The contact information for OGISis as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives andRecords Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740; e-mailat ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at
1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at202-741-5769.

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