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Remember, we never get to hear from John Kelly so this email he wrote to Nielsen when he was DHS Secretary that I obtained via #FOIA is a window into his thinking.

"I never get tired of hearing of how the previous administration let down American cits."
Here's another John Kelly email I obtained via #FOIA

This one from January 30, 2017. It follows news reports that DOJ/Sally Yates would not defend WH executive order on travel.

Kelly: Can she be ordered to defend the action or does she have some kind of attorney privilege?
Email I obtained via #FOIA from DHS.

Important instructions for John Kelly 🤵
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JUST IN from DOJ Office of Legal Counsel in response to my #FOIA

191 heavily redacted pages of emails, other docs, involving Brett Kavanaugh (228 pages withheld in full)
NEW via #FOIA: From 2003. Brett Kavanaugh shares his thoughts.
Here's a short email discussion from May 2003 between Ed Whelan and Brett Kavanaugh re: presidential power.

Email obtained by me from DOJ via #FOIA
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NEW from me

John Kelly Instructed DHS Official Not To Email Staff To Avoid Public Scrutiny

“FOIA is real and everyday here in the cesspool, and even federal court action on personal accounts is real.”

#FOIAFriday
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UPDATE to my John Kelly "FOIA IS REAL" email story:

DHS spox disputes Kelly sent email to a DHS official. Spox says Kelly sent email to private citizen who was bombarding him and others at the agencies w/emails. However, spox declined to provide evidence

buzzfeed.com/amphtml/jasonl…
ALSO, two DHS officials told BuzzFeed News Kelly sent the email to another DHS official, disputing the DHS spox who said it was sent to a private citizen!

😃🙃

buzzfeed.com/amphtml/jasonl…
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This is remarkable: @NYSHCR is refusing to tell @housingrightsNY the names of landlords it is targeting as part of a compliance initiative with a popular NYC tax break, J-51, that requires landlord to limit rent increases on tenants: nydailynews.com/new-york/dhcr-…
Remarkable because @NewYorkStateAG had a similar compliance initiative for another tax break, 421-A, which also resulted in letters being sent to scofflaw landlords. Anyone remember this? propublica.org/article/landlo…
I filed a public records request w/ @NewYorkStateAG to see who they were targeting and got the list. So it's interesting to see another arm of NY state government argue that it can't disclose substantially the same information b/c it "would interfere with law enforcement"
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Shocked that @SEC_News, with its love of "complex track" processing and heavy redactions, has yet to win @IRE_NICAR's #GoldenPadlock award #FOIAFriday ire.org/awards/golden-…
I'm getting ready to get 950 pgs of entirely redacted docs even though FOIA officer agreed they should be reviewed for factual + statistical items that aren't exempt. But then, of course, you go straight into complex track & wait 36 months -> effective denial #FOIAFriday
I'm sure other financial journalists @gmorgenson @eisingerj @RodBoydILM have had similar experiences. I'll be nominating SEC next year, for sure #FOIAFriday #GoldenPadlock

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UNREAL

In my/@BuzzFeedNews ongoing #FOIA lawsuit against multiple govt agencies for documents on Mikhail Lesin, the founder of RT who authorities say got drunk, fell down numerous times in his DC hotel room and died, DOJ just sent me 32 pages of this.
#FOIAFriday: Here is an update on my/@BuzzFeedNews #FOIA lawsuit against multiple government agencies for documents on Mikhail Lesin, the founder of RT who authorities claim got drunk, fell down multiple times in his Dupont Circle hotel room and died. 1/
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Details of the scene at Trump Hotel DC during SOTU (by @brfreed for @washingtonian) washingtonian.com/2018/01/31/tru…
GSA employees spent taxpayer funds at Trump Hotel DC, BLT Prime. (As president, @realDonaldTrump oversees GSA; GSA owns the building Trump Org leases for Trump Hotel DC.)
(by @CristinaAlesci, @CurtDevine
for @cnn) cnn.it/2s4BEwq
Attorney representing Cork wine bar in its unfair competition suit against Trump Hotel DC weighs in on CNN article that GSA employees spent taxpayers’ money at Trump Hotel DC
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Trump: Day 371
-Draws Boos During Davos Q&A
-Doesn't Apologize 4 Racist Tweets
-Missed Economic Growth Targets
-Wants $716B in Defense Spending
-Needs $24M for New Refrigerators
-Ending Funding 4 Space Station
-Tracking License Plates Across US
-"Great Friend" Steve Wynn Under🔥
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Day 476 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 326 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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