GAO Trump Transition Investigation

Emma Best filed this request with the Government Accountability Office of the United States of America.
Tracking # PRI-17-031; CRM-300568844
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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 the Trump Presidential Transition and requests from Congress to investigate the matter, as well as any materials produced by such an investigation. Please include all correspondence, notes and talking points. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-transition-investigation-gao_us_5835a05ee4b09b6055ffa96b https://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/2016-11-23-GAO_Letter_On_Trump_Transition.pdf

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: Michael Best

Correction - pursuant to 4 CFR 81. I apologize for the autocomplete error.

From: Records Request

PRI-17-031

Mr. Michael Best
MuckRock
DEPT MR 30252
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Mr. Best:

We have received your request and are processing it in accordance with our regulations concerning the availability of GAO records to the public, contained in 4 C.F.R. Part 81. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please call me on (202) 512-9951 and reference the "PRI" case number at the top of this e-mail.

Sincerely yours,

Patricia Stokes
Senior, Government Information Specialist
Government Accountability Office
Audit Policy & Quality Assurance
441 G Street, NW
Room 5044
Washington, DC 20548
Tel: (202) 512-9951
Email: stokesp@gao.gov<mailto:stokesp@gao.gov>

From: Government Accountability Office

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Stokes, Patricia A

Please see the attached response. Thank you

Patricia Stokes
Senior, Government Information Specialist
Government Accountability Office
Audit Policy & Quality Assurance
441 G Street, NW
Room 5044
Washington, DC 20548
Tel: (202) 512-9951
Email: stokesp@gao.gov<mailto:stokesp@gao.gov>

From: MuckRock

My request, which I clarified almost instantly was under 4 CFR 81, including materials generated in response to the request from Congress. While you may not have begun the investigation, that was only half of my request. Please fulfill the first half of my request, as it was written including the specifically requested "materials relating to the Trump Presidential Transition and requests from Congress to investigate the matter." Your explanation of why you are unable to comply with the request only applies to the second half, which was for "any materials produced by such an investigation. Please include all correspondence, notes and talking points. "

Please process the request as it was submitted, or at least advise me of my right to appeal your adverse decision to Comptroller General, as afforded by 4 CFR 81.

Note: A copy of this communication has also been sent to the Comptroller General of the United States.

From: Michael Best

My request, which I clarified almost instantly was under 4 CFR 81, including materials generated in response to the request from Congress. While you may not have begun the investigation, that was only half of my request. Please fulfill the first half of my request, as it was written including the specifically requested "materials relating to the Trump Presidential Transition and requests from Congress to investigate the matter." Your explanation of why you are unable to comply with the request only applies to the second half, which was for "any materials produced by such an investigation. Please include all correspondence, notes and talking points. "

Please process the request as it was submitted, or at least advise me of my right to appeal your adverse decision to Comptroller General, as afforded by 4 CFR 81.

From: Stokes, Patricia A

Good morning,

I'll check to see if we have any documents responsive and will be in touch. Thanks!

Patricia Stokes
Senior, Government Information Specialist
Government Accountability Office
Audit Policy & Quality Assurance
441 G Street, NW
Room 5044
Washington, DC 20548
Tel: (202) 512-9951
Email: stokesp@gao.gov

From: Stokes, Patricia A

PRI-17-031
Follow-up Response

Dear Mr. Best:

Please see attachment.

Patricia Stokes
Senior, Government Information Specialist
Government Accountability Office
Audit Policy & Quality Assurance
441 G Street, NW
Room 5044
Washington, DC 20548
Tel: (202) 512-9951
Email: stokesp@gao.gov

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