Trump Donation Check

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2019-HQFO-00735, 2019-HQAP-00374

2019-HQFO-00735

Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any correspondence to Donald Trump, Melania Trump, or their attorneys at Morgan Lewis law firm regarding the March 11, 2019 check for $100,000, which the DHS received on April 11, 2019. This request is intended to encompass correspondence in the form of e-mail, letters, notes, and facsimiles. The date range is March 11, 2019 to the date this request is processed.

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,

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486. Regards, DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Matthew Hoppock

This is an appeal of the final decision adjudicating this FOIA request. The FOIA office failed to conduct a complete search by limiting its search to the Office of the Executive Secretariat (ECT) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). The request was for any correspondence sent from the DHS or any of its components to Donald Trump et al regarding a donation check. Limiting the search to the ECT and CBP means the agency failed to search for such correspondence elsewhere.

Further neither office the agency chose to limit its search to was likely to have such correspondence regarding a donation check from Trump. Choosing to only search in two sub-agencies that don't handle such correspondence unlawfully limited the agency's response to this request.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA appeal.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your appeal, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Hoppock:

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal Decision issued by Judge Curley's office in the above matter.

Thank you,

Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard

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