Eric Holder on Kenneth Trentadue (Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General)

Ryan Weisensee filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America .
Tracking #

DOJ-2018-007615, DOJ-2018-008283

DOJ-2018-007615

Multi Request Eric Holder on Kenneth Trentadue
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Ryan Weisensee

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All memos or emails to or from Eric Holder, during his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, concerning the person of Kenneth Trentadue.

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,

Ryan Weisensee

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=DOJ-2018-007615&type=request)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2018-007615
* Requester Name: Ryan Weisensee
* Date Submitted: 08/15/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: foia request

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

The FOIA request DOJ-2018-007615 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOJ-2018-007615. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: DOJ-2018-007615
* New Tracking Number: DOJ-2018-007615
* Requester Name: Ryan Weisensee
* Date Submitted: 08/15/2018
* Long Description: Records of Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Kenneth Trentadue.

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Dear Mr. Weisensee:

Please see the attached.

Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
202-514-FOIA

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All memos or emails to or from Eric Holder, during his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, concerning the person of Kenneth Trentadue.

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,

Ryan Weisensee

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Weisensee:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), via *FOIA@nara.gov
<FOIA@nara.gov>*. We received your request on September 20, 2018. At
first, we did not understand why you put the Department of Justice FOIA
address at the top of your email to us, and you referenced a DOJ FOIA
request tracking number DOJ-2018-007615. So we contacted the DOJ FOIA
office, and that office informed me that your FOIA request to them was
closed, and they had referred you to us.

We understand that you are looking for "*All memos or emails to or from
Eric Holder, during his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, concerning the
person of Kenneth Trentadue*."
This office handles FOIA and Privacy Act requests for the National Archives
and Records Administration's* operational* records (records created by this
agency). Because your request is for records that may be *archival*
records of the administration of President William J. Clinton, we have
referred your request to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock,
Arkansas. They will assign you a new tracking number and respond to you
directly. Please do* not *use the DOJ tracking number in future
correspondence with the library. In the future, you may contact the
library at the following address:

Clinton Presidential Library

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: Archival Reference (501) 244-2877

Email: clinton.library@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about FOIA. On our main website, www.archives.gov, you can learn more
about the resources that we offer to the public, and access our online
catalog.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives.

Sincerely'

Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3409
susan.gillett@nara.gov

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Weisensee:

This is a follow-up to my email sent to you on September 20, 2018
concerning your request for "*All memos or emails to or from Eric Holder,
during his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, concerning the person of
Kenneth Trentadue*." You were referred to us by the Department of
Justice.

We have determined that the records you seek may be archival records found
here at our College Park, MD building. So I have referred your request to
our *Office of Research Services, Special Access and FOIA* staff who handle
FOIA requests for archival records.

You will be assigned a new tracking number by that office. If you would
like to follow up with that office directly, please contact them at the
address below, or electronically via email.

Special Access and FOIA Staff (RD-F)

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190

By fax: 301-837-1864

By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

A copy of your request referring to your original request to the Department
of Justice is attached.

Sincerely,

Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3409
susan.gillett@nara.gov

From: National Archives and Records Administration

October 3, 2018

Ryan Weisensee

MuckRock News

411A Highland Ave

DEPT MR 59235

Somerville, MA 02144

requests@muckrock.com

Dear Mr. Weisensee,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
of September 20, 2018 for records in the custody of the National Archives
and Records Administration. Your request was received in this office
September 25, 2018 and assigned FOIA case tracking number *RD 58712*. Your
request was sent to another office that might have potentially responsive
records; they will respond to you directly under RD 58713.

You requested all memos to or from Eric Holder during his tenure as Deputy
Attorney General concerning Kenneth Trentadue. Unfortunately, the National
Archives has not accessioned textual records from Eric Holder’s tenure as
Deputy Attorney General. These records will have to be requested from the
Department of Justice.

You can submit a FOIA request directly to the Department of Justice (DOJ)
for these records. Information on how to file a FOIA request to the DOJ
can be found at this link:
https://www.justice.gov/oip/make-foia-request-doj#2. For your convenience,
you can submit the request via email to mrufoia@usdoj.gov, or mail to:

FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

Department of Justice

Room 115

LOC Building

Washington, DC 20530-0001

This concludes the processing of your request *RD 58712*. If you have
additional questions, please contact me directly at Jessica.Hartman@nara.gov
or 301.837.1905.

We do not consider this a denial of your request as we do not have the
records in our custody. However, if you are not satisfied with our action
on this request, you have the right to file an administrative appeal within
ninety (90) calendar days from the date of this letter. Appeals must be in
writing and may be delivered by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail. By filing
an appeal, you preserve your rights under the Freedom of Information Act
and present the deciding agency with an opportunity to review your request
and reconsider its decision. If you submit your appeal by regular mail, it
should be addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND),
National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200,
College Park, Maryland 20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be
clearly marked “FOIA Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please
send it to foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words
“FOIA Appeal” in the subject line. Please be certain to explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. All correspondence should reference your case number RD
58712.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss our response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3190

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510

College Park, MD 20740-6001

ogis@nara.gov

202-741-5770

1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,
--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park
301.837.1905

From:

Dear Mr. Weisensee:

Please see the attached.

Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
202-514-FOIA

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Mr. Weisensee--

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
September 20, 2018, for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request for "All memos or emails to or from
Eric Holder, during his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, concerning the
person of Kenneth Trentadue" was received in this office on September 25,
2018, and assigned FOIA case number *RD 58713*.

The Electronic Records division of the National Archives located one
responsive accession in their custody, "Email records of Eric Holder,
Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General, 7/18/1997 -
2/1/2001." Their explanation of the search is as follows:

"
The accession consists of 9 aggregate email files (8 .PST; 1 .OST)
which together contain 58,898 email messages (.emls), attachments,
calendars, and other mail items. As per RDE practice, both the aggregates
and the extracted components are preserved in ERA [NB: this is the
Electronic Records Archive].

At time of writing, it is not yet described in the National Archives
Catalog....

I searched using PST Viewer Pro and MailXaminer. I conducted free-text
searches for "Kenneth Trentadue" and "Trentadue" in both programs (the
searches were not case sensitive). Both programs are able to search the
email metadata (e.g. to, from, cc, bcc, subject, attachment name) and body.
MailXaminer is able to perform limited search of attachment contents for
text matches (no searches returned hits within attachments).

In both programs, my search for "Kenneth Trentadue" returned 0 hits. My
search for "Trentadue" returned 20 potential hits. I compared the search
results from both programs and determined that each program returned the
same set of 20 emails. None of the emails had attachments."

I have attached an Excel worksheet which communicates the 20 email hits
which resulted from that search. You will notice that there are four
copies each of 5 unique emails, one each from four of the aforementioned
aggregate email files. Each aggregate file--each .PST or .OST-- represents
one user's whole mailbox exported at one particular time. We do not have
information documenting the criteria or decision-making process that the
Department of Justice used when they created these mailbox files. The
mailboxes themselves are not exact duplicates, but they do appear to
contain duplicate content, hence the multiple copies of individual emails.
In order to comply with your request for "all memos or emails", we have
searched all such mailboxes, for thoroughness.

I have completed a line-by-line review of the emails in question, and
released 32 of 32 pages in full.

You or your representative may view the releasable version of the files in
Room 4000, the reading room operated by the Motion Pictures Branch at the
National Archives facility in College Park, Maryland. Please contact
Jessica Hartman at least one week in advance of your visit at
Jessica.Hartman@nara.gov to arrange to see the files. When you arrive in
the reading room, staff will provide a CD/DVD with a copy of the files in
.pdf format that can be transferred to a blank CD/DVD or to your personal
storage device. There is no charge to transfer the files, unless you need
to purchase a blank CD/DVD in the reading room.

If you cannot visit our College Park facility, you may order a reproduction
copy at the cost of $.80 per page. Please contact Ms. Hartman to place an
order.

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have additional
questions concerning my review of this file, please contact me directly at
Amanda.Weimer@nara.gov or at (301) 837-0604.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the
right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
from the date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be
delivered by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail. By filing an appeal, you
preserve your rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the
deciding agency with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider
its decision. If you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be
addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National
Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College
Park, Maryland 20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly
marked “FOIA Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please send it
to foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA
Appeal” in the subject line. Please be certain to explain why you believe
this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information
Act. All communications concerning this request should reference FOIA case
number RD 58713.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss our response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190 <(301)%20837-3190>

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510

College Park, MD 20740-6001

ogis@nara.gov

202-741-5770 <(202)%20741-5770>

1-877-684-6448 <(877)%20684-6448>

Dr. Amanda Weimer
Archivist, Special Access and FOIA (RD-F)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
+1 (301) 837-0604

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia
Main FOIA Telephone: 301-837-3190

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