Trump Pardons and Commutations

Dave Maass filed this request with the Office of the Pardon Attorney of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # DOJ-AP-2017-003712
Due April 12, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- All communications between the Office of the Pardon Attorney and the White House since February 22, 2017.
- Agency records related to pardon or commutation requests transmitted to the White House since February 22, 2017.
- All records received from the White House regarding commutations and pardons since February 22, 2017.
- A list of all commutations or pardons granted by President Donald J. Trump.

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,

Dave Maass

From:

March 15, 2017

Dave Maass

MuckRock News
Dept MR 35041
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: FOIA 2017-268124 (No Record)

Dear Mr. Mass:

This correspondence is in response to your Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request dated and received in the Office of the
Pardon Attorney (OPA) today. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information
Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., you requested the following:

1. All communications between the Office of the Pardon Attorney
and the White House since February 22, 2017.
2. Agency records related to pardon or commutation requests
transmitted to the White House since February 22, 2017.
3. All records received from the White House regarding
commutations and pardons since February 22, 2017.
4. A list of all commutations or pardons granted by President
Donald J. Trump..

We do not have any records that meet the criteria of your above
referenced requests. As a result, we have no documents to produce,
there has been no fee assessed for the search of our records, and this
will be our final correspondence in relation to your request. With
respect to question number four above, please be aware that if and when
the President grants or denies a petitioners request for a pardon or
commutation, that information will be almost immediately available on
our website after Presidential action occurs. Clemency grants are
posted at https://www.justice.gov/pardon/clemencyrecipients
<https://www.justice.gov/pardon/clemencyrecipients> and denials can be
located at https://www.justice.gov/pardon/clemency-denials
<https://www.justice.gov/pardon/clemency-denials> .

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of
law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of
the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). This response is limited to those
records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a
standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should
not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
exist.

You may email this office at PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov
<mailto:PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov> for any further assistance with
your FOIA request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and
Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services
they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of
Government Information Services, National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov <mailto:ogis@nara.gov> ; telephone
at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at
202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may
administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of
Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite
11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may
submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account
on the following web site:
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home
<https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home> . Your
appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days
of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal
by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked
"Freedom of Information Act Appeal."


Sincerely,


William N. Taylor II


Executive Officer


Office of the Pardon Attorney


U.S. Department of Justice

From: Dave Maass

I would like to appeal the finding that there were no responsive records. Please conduct another search and reach out to the White House liaison in the Office of the Pardon to confirm that no communications have been made.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

04/25/2017 05:09 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-003712

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-003712 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely reversed/remanded.

  • Maass, Dave - AP-2017-003712, OPA.remand.second.search.processing.reco

From: Office of the Pardon Attorney

October 20, 2017

Mr. Dave Maass

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 35041
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: FOIA 2017-268124 (No Record)

Dear Mr. Maass:

This correspondence is in response to your Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request dated and received in the Office of the
Pardon Attorney (OPA) on March 15, 2017 and remanded back to us for an
additional search by the Department's Office of Information Policy
(OIP) on August 24, 2017. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act,
5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., you requested all communications between the
Office of the Pardon Attorney and the White House since February 22,
2017; agency records related to pardon or commutation requests
transmitted to the White House since February 22, 2017; all records
received from the White House regarding commutations and pardons since
February 22, 2017; and a list of all commutations or pardons granted by
President Donald J. Trump.

In response to your request, we conducted yet another search across the
official files of this office for any and all correspondence between
OPA and the White House between February 22, 2017 and March 15, 2017
and our search produced no results. As a result, we have no records to
produce, there has been no fee assessed for the search of our records,
and this will be our final correspondence in relation to your remanded
request.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of
law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of
the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). This response is limited to those
records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a
standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should
not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
exist.

You may email this office at PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov
<mailto:PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov> for any further assistance with
your FOIA request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and
Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services
they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of
Government Information Services, National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov <mailto:ogis@nara.gov> ; telephone
at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at
202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may
administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of
Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite
11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may
submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account
on the following web site:
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home
<https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home> . Your
appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days
of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal
by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked
"Freedom of Information Act Appeal."


Sincerely,


William N. Taylor II


Executive Officer


Office of the Pardon Attorney


U.S. Department of Justice

From: Dave Maass

Thank you for checking again. I look forward to the next FOIA I file regarding these documents.

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