#SunshineWeek document SCOOP/THREAD: Our @BuzzFeedNews members got a first look at these records I requested last May but now I'm sharing w/everyone

Here are all of Richard Grenell's emails from his brief stint as acting DNI

In some ways, Grenell’s emails are an extension of his Twitter persona and showcase his spats with reporters

He refers to @ZcohenCNN as a "drama queen," demands to speak to @JonathanLanday's editor regarding an accurate story he wrote that he said was "outrageously slanted"
One email sent to Grenell shows an official in his office lamented their inability to “shape the narrative” in a @julianbarnes @adamgoldmanNYT @npfandos story about Grenell’s plans for ODNI, to which he responded, “Washington is highly toxic these days.” 

Another email shows how Grenell and Trump's former intel briefer Beth Sanner went to extraordinary lengths to try and head off a story by @shaneharris et al related to Trump's intel briefings.

Another email shows Grenell communicating with asking the NY Post's Jon Levine and requesting two "full color" copies of a story Levine wrote about Grenell

Another email shows Grenell was told by an aide about a fake Facebook page bearing his name and picture. “Do you want me to see if [redacted] can take care of getting it taken down? I would but I don’t know how to do that.”

“Let’s discuss,” Grenell said. 

Another email shows Grenell saying he wants to be included on the email list for Russia stories.

"I like getting them" he said.

Here's an email sent to Grenell showing some intelligence related work he tended to: a schedule of meetings set up shortly after he was appointed acting DNI

Here's an email fwd to Grenell by Amanda Schoch, a top comms official at ODNI. It was from Eli Clifton who said he was working on a story "regarding work undertaken by Grenell and Capitol Media Partners for various foreign linked entities."

" Lawyers are on it," Grenell said

Here's an email from Trump's former in intel briefer to Grenell explaining she is briefing the Gang of 8 on the "current threat" related to Iran/Iraq

I'm not sure what this is but it was included in the Grenell email cache

More shitting on CNN by Grenell

He seems to be playing more of a comms role than that of acting DNI

Here's an email chain sent to Grenell by Trump's briefer Beth Sanner about an intel briefing for Trump & natsec adviser Robert O'Brien

"O'Brien gave a huge thumbs up"

Sanner wrote: "Wanted to share how we support POTUS on his trips. Kash is there of course and can attest"

And finally, here's an email sent to Grenell about an ODNI employee who contracted Covid

Here's the full batch of Richard Grenell emails that took me 10 months to pry loose!

Thank you for supporting my #FOIA work.

Happy #SunshineWeek!

ADDENDUM: I want to note in this email Trump's ex-briefer Beth Sanner said there were mischaracterizations/ misrepresentations of the IC's efforts "to keep senior policy makers and Congress fully informed" about natsec threats & how "it is making it harder for us to do our jobs"
ADDENDUM 2: Forgot the Catherine Herridge emails

"CBS News has learned ..." "I have developed new information..."

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