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U.S. Department of Justice

Office of Information Policy

Suite 11050 1425 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

Telephone: (202) 514-3642

Ms. Wendy Weiser Brennan Center for Justice 120 Broadway, Suite 1750 New York, NY 10271

Dear Ms. Weiser:

March 30, 2018


DOJ-2017-004083 (OLP) DOJ-2017-004291 (AG) DOJ-2017-004292 (DAG) DOJ-2017-004293 (ASG) DOJ-2017-005582 (AG) DOJ-2017-005734 (DAG) DOJ-2017-005735 (ASG) DOJ-2017-005736 (OLP) DOJ-2017-005737 (OIP ) 17-cv-06335 (S.D.N.Y.) VRB:CJOK:BPF

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests dated and received in this Office on May 15, 2017 and July 25, 2017, in which you requested records pertaining to (1) the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (the Commission), and (2) communications and documents involving the use of specific databases and activities of the Commission. This response is made on behalf of the Offices of the Attorney General (OAG), Deputy Attorney General (ODAG), Associate Attorney General (OASG), Legal Policy (OLP), and Information Policy (OIP).

On January 31, 2018, we provided you with an interim response to your requests. At this time, I have determined that an additional sixty-four pages containing records responsive to your requests are appropriate for release, and copies are enclosed. The enclosed records consist of Departmental correspondence with Congress, including attachments thereto. Please note that the attachments contain FOIA redactions that were present on the records as located by this Office, and were not made as part of our FOIA review for this response. These redactions were originally made pursuant to FOIA Exemption 6, 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), which pertains to information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties. Additionally, please note that the blank boxes (with no FOIA exemption indicated) that appear in attachments consisting of emails from outside organizations are artifacts of their original emails and, again, were not made as part of our FOIA review. Finally, correspondence in this production makes reference to an attached amicus brief filed by the Department in Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Husted. This brief is already publicly available on the Department’s website at:



. We are continuing to process remaining records that are potentially responsive to your requests, and pursuant to our agreement, we will respond to you again by April 27, 2018.

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) (2015) (amended 2016). 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.

If you have any questions regarding this response, please contact Casey Kyung-Se Lee, Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York at 212-637-2714.



-2- 980_husted_v_randolph_institute_ac_merits.pdf . . We are continuing to process remaining records that are potentially responsive

Vanessa R. Brinkmann Senior Counsel