Emails between Roger Ailes and Holly Petraeus

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the United States of America.
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From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All correspondence, written and electronic, between Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employee Hollister (Holly) Petraeus and an individual named Roger Ailes, between January 6, 2011 and November 4, 2013. Records requested include correspondence sent between Hollister (Holly) Petraeus and any and all email accounts used by Roger Ailes.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


J.K. Trotter

From: Michalosky, Martin

Dear Mr. Trotter,
Please see the attached acknowledgement letter that references your FOIA request dated November 4, 2013 that was submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CFPB FOIA Service Center at 1-855-444-FOIA (3642) or (
Thank you.

From: MuckRock


We have received your acknowledgement for CFPB-2014-034-F. Please send all communications related to this request directly to this email inbox. You had previously sent the acknowledgement to the inbox for CFPB-2013-216-F.

Thank you.

From: Michalosky, Martin

Dear Mr. Trotter,
Attached to this email is our final response to your FOIA request dated November 4, 2013 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
Thank you.
Martin Michalosky
FOIA Manager

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau FOIA Response (CFPB-2014-034-F)

From: J.K. Trotter


I am requesting clarification about the CFPB FOIA Officer’s determination that “the information you are seeking to obtain are not agency records under the purview of the CFPB.”

That appears to indicate that the CFPB does not possess or did not find any records or information responsive my original FOIA request. But later in the determination, the FOIA Officer writes that I “have the right to appeal the determination [that] the records sought are not CFPB records,” which appears to indicate that the CFPB did in fact find information responsive to my initial request.

Did the CFPB actually find records responsive to my request? Is the FOIA Officer suggesting I should have filed my request with a different agency? The determination does not make any of this clear.

Please advise, and please confirm receipt. I will leave a voicemail with my phone number on the CFPB’s FOIA hotline as well.

Thank you,

J.K. Trotter


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CFPB-2014-034-F .

Thank you for your help.


Good afternoon Mr. Trotter,

The CFPB provided our final responses to both of the requests listed in the subject line above on November 13, 2013. Additionally, Mark Vugrinovich discussed this response with you over the telephone. During this conversation, it is my understanding, that you intended to contact OGIS regarding our response and may litigate this matter in the future. Following this discussion with Mark, you sent an email (dated 11/16/13) asking us to contact your General Counsel Heather Dietrick. I provided this information to our Legal Division, whom attempted to contact Ms. Dietrick without success.

I will send this email to our Legal Davison again in the event they wish to contact Ms. Dietrick again. Thank you for contacting the CFPB FOIA Office.