Preet Bharara and Staff Emails

Taylor Scott Amarel filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys of the United States of America.
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From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all email records to, from, or copied to Preet Bharara, paul.monteleoni@usdoj.gov, margaret.graham@usdoj.gov, jaimie.nawaday@usdoj.gov or cristine.phillips@usdoj.gov containing the non-case-sensitive keywords: "baidu", from January 1, 2014 to Present Day.

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,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all email records to, from, or copied to Preet Bharara, paul.monteleoni@usdoj.gov, margaret.graham@usdoj.gov, jaimie.nawaday@usdoj.gov or cristine.phillips@usdoj.gov containing the non-case-sensitive keywords: "baidu", from January 1, 2014 to Present Day.

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,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all email records to, from, or copied to Preet Bharara, paul.monteleoni@usdoj.gov, margaret.graham@usdoj.gov, jaimie.nawaday@usdoj.gov or cristine.phillips@usdoj.gov containing the non-case-sensitive keywords: "baidu", from January 1, 2014 to Present Day.

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,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Mr. Amarel,

Please note that this Office sent the attached response letter on December 4, 2017, advising you that your request was misdirected to the Criminal Division and was routed to the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). Please contact EOUSA for the status of your request.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello,

This FOIA request was routed to your office in December 2017. If you could please provide acknowledgement of its receipt and an update on its processing, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From:

Your request for records under the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act has been processed.  This letter constitutes a reply from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, the official record-keeper for all records located in this office and the various United States Attorneys’ Office.  To provide you with the greatest degree of access authorized by the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, we have considered your request in light of the provisions of both statutes.
All of the records you seek are being made available to you.  We have processed your request under the Freedom of Information Act and are making all records required to be released, or considered appropriate for release as a matter of discretion, available to you.
[ X ]       After reviewing all the documents, we have determined that we can make a full release.  A fee is being assessed for the last 3 hours of the 5 hours' total search time.  There is no copying fee.  The total fee, therefore, is $120.
There were 16 responsive e-mails.  Most of the requested e-mails consist of an e-mailed Reuters newsletter to former U.S. Attorney Bharara that is probably available from Reuters for a fee.  Two of the e-mails are e-mails you sent to U.S. Attorney Bharara.  Please select one of the options below:
[   ]       I would like to receive all 16 and agree to pay $120 for 3 hours of search time.
[   ]       I do not wish to receive the records and do not wish to pay the $120 in search fees.
We will act on your response as soon as we receive it, will not require advance payment of any search fees you agree to pay, and will instead bill you after releasing the records.  If you agree to pay the fees and receive the records, they will be made available to you via FOIAOnline or, if necessary, as attachments to one or more conventional e-mails.

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Thank you VERY MUCH!

I've been hoping to receive these records for a long time. I would like to pursue the release of the records and can send payment as soon as necessary.

[ X] I would like to receive all 16 and agree to pay $120 for 3 hours of search time.

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, I wanted to follow-up on this request, which can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/#follow-up

Is there an estimated time frame for the disclosure of the documents?

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, I wanted to follow-up on this request, which can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/#follow-up

Is there an estimated time frame for the disclosure of the documents?

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, I wanted to follow-up on this request, which can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/#follow-up

Is there an estimated time frame for the disclosure of the documents?

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, I wanted to follow-up on this request, which can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/#follow-up

Is there an estimated time frame for the disclosure of the documents?

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Dear Mr. Amarel,

Please note that this Office sent the attached response letter on December 4, 2017, advising you that your request was misdirected to the Criminal Division and was routed to the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). Please contact EOUSA for the status
of your request.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, thank you for this response, however, I think there may be some additional confusion.

According to the log of this FOIA request (see https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/), on June 4, 2019 I received communication that this request was to be processed and the documents to be released soon. However, I have not received a response. Its possible my communications are being mis-directed.

Could you please assist?

The previous response said I would receive the 16 responsive emails - but so far I haven't received them.

From:

Dear Mr. Amarel:

Thank you for contacting the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS).
OGIS is the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman office.
Individuals who have filed a FOIA request with any Federal agency may
request OGIS’s assistance in resolving a dispute at any point in the FOIA
process. OGIS does not take sides in a dispute, nor does it advocate on
behalf of a requester or agency. The office promotes a fair FOIA process
and works with parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. OGIS staff
also provide ombuds services, which includes providing general information
about the FOIA process and handling general complaints and observations
regarding FOIA.

We carefully reviewed your submission and determined you sent us
correspondence intended for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal
Division - the office to which you submitted your FOIA request. If you have
not done so already, we recommend that you contact the Criminal Division
directly to inquire about the status of your request. Below, we provided
the component's contact information:

Amanda Marchand Jones, Chief
FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
Department of Justice
Suite 1127, Keeney Building
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Fax: 202-514-6117
Email: crm.foia@usdoj.gov

We hope you find this information useful. At this time, OGIS can offer no
further assistance and we consider this matter closed.. If you have
questions or concerns that we have not addressed, please contact us again.

Best regards,
The OGIS Staff
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National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road (OGIS)
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Email: ogis@nara.gov
Phone: 202-741-5770 <(202)%20741-5770>
Fax: 202-741-5769
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Blog: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/

From: Muckrock Staff

Hi there,

Could you please clarify the current status of this request? On June 6, Taylor Amarel agreement to pay $120 for 3 hours of search time in order to receive all 16 responsive emails.

Thank you very much for your help and time.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) received your e-mail.

Please be advised that your e-mail was sent to the wrong agency and below refers to EOUSA.

Thanks.

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

I'm a little bit confused, I believe we have sent follow-up to all of the offices and contacts for the FOIA/PA office of Executive Office for United States Attorneys . Could you please clarify what is the appropriate contact address/person for this request? Thank you.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Please be advised that the Executive Office for U.S. Attorney information regarding Freedom of Information Act can be located at https://www.justice.gov/usao/resources/making-foia-request

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hello, I wanted to follow-up on this request, which can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/preet-bharara-and-staff-emails-46131/#follow-up

Is there an estimated time frame for the disclosure of the documents?

From:

We have received your status inquiry of July 10, 2019.  We also received a telephone inquiry from a representative of MuckRock on your behalf on or about July 11, 2019, in which we informed that person that we have 16 responsive e-mails ready for release to you.

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Thank you very much. We would really love to have the 16 emails released and are very happy to receive them.

Thank you very much for your assistance - we look forward to the documents.

All the best, have a great week!

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