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2018-0263-F: Emails Processed in Response to Blumenthal v. NARA FOIA Litigation

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Emails responsive to this request are being released on a rolling basis in segments. Please check this page for updates. The materials in FOIA 2018-0263-F are a selective, not necessarily all inclusive, body of documents responsive to the topic of the FOIA. Researchers should consult the archivist about related materials.

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Segment 1 - published online on February 11, 2019

2018-0263-F[1]: Emails Sent to Brett Kavanaugh, Jason Lundell, and Manuel Miranda in December 2003

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[1] requested emails on which Brett Kavanaugh, Jason Lundell, and Manuel Miranda were all included, either as senders or recipients, during December 2003.

This FOIA consists of four emails that contain a December 3, 2003 news article by Jeff Gannon of Talon News. There are two unique emails from different senders, with a duplicate of each email included.

Extent

4 assets

Emails

Segment 2 - published online on March 12, 2019

2018-0263-F[2]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Manuel Miranda and Brett Kavanaugh between July 2003 - April 2004 and Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Containing the Terms "Manny" or "Ledeen" between November 2003 - February 2004

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[2] requested materials related to emails between Manuel Miranda and Brett Kavanaugh between July 2003 - April 2004 and emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh containing the terms "Manny" or "Ledeen" between November 2003 - April 2004.

This FOIA primarily contains speech drafts, news articles, and op-eds, as well as talking points regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals - DC Circuit and administrative emails regarding facts pertaining to the status of George W. Bush administration judicial nominees.

Extent

189 assets

Emails

Segment 3 - published online on April 4, 2019

2018-0263-F[3]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Containing the Terms "dem staff," mole, spy*, spies, Ledeen, Willett, and Lundell between July 2003 - April 2004 That Have Not Already Been Processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[3] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh containing the terms "dem staff," mole, spy*, spies, Ledeen, Willett, and Lundell between July 2003 - April 2004.

This FOIA primarily contains emails containing news articles, press releases regarding state legislative actions, announcements of George W. Bush Administration nominees and scheduling of their hearings as well as a briefing for the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner and various scheduling emails.

Extent

234 assets

Emails

Segment 4 - published online on April 23, 2019

2018-0263-F[4]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Containing the Terms Manuel, Manny, or Miranda between July 2003 - April 2004 That Have Not Already Been Processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[4] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh containing the terms Manuel, Manny, or Miranda between July 2003 - April 2004.

This FOIA primarily contains emails containing news articles, public opinion polls, excerpts from the Congressional Record, as well as announcements of personnel changes and judicial nominations from the George W. Bush Administration. Additional material for release includes routine scheduling emails, briefing papers for public presidential events, correspondence from members of Congress, as well as drafts of the acknowledgements portions of President George W. Bush's remarks and statements.

Extent

871 assets

Emails

Segment 5 - published online on September 9, 2019

2018-0263-F[5]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Containing the Term Pryor between July 2003-May 2006 That Have Not Already Been Processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[5] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh containing the term Pryor between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains talking points, press releases, fact sheets, transcripts, newsletters and information from outside organizations, news articles, routine emails regarding statistical information, information concerning the recess appointment of William H. Pryor Jr. on February 20, 2004, and information related to the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Transcripts include Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing transcripts and Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting transcripts. Also included is a memorandum of understanding from the Senate regarding judicial nominations. Records regarding Pryor’s appointment include biographical data sheets, administrative emails, draft and final routine memorandum to President George W. Bush to approve the recess appointment, a statement by President George W. Bush, and emails coordinating the sending of a congratulatory letter. Records related to Kavanaugh's appointment include emails that mention Kavanaugh's involvement with the Pryor appointment such as news articles, excerpts from blog posts, and transcripts.

Extent

287 assets

Emails

Segment 6 - published online on October 8, 2019

2018-0263-F[6]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Containing the Term Pickering between July 2003-May 2006 That Have Not Already Been Processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[6] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh containing the term Pickering between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains legislative correspondence reports, judicial nomination statistics, press gaggles, a guest list for a Congressional Ball, draft and final versions of the acknowledgements for a speech given by President George W. Bush, questions regarding Judge Charles Pickering Sr.'s attendance at an event, published writings such as op-eds, articles, and blog posts, newsletters from organizations such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, a letter from Representative Charles Pickering Jr. recommending the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Freedom to G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, and a response to that letter from White House staffer David Hobbs.

Extent

295 assets

Emails

Segment 7 - published online on November 14, 2019

2018-0263-F[7]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing William Haynes or Priscilla Owen between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[7] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing William Haynes or Priscilla Owen between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains news articles, Google Alert messages, and an email regarding William J. Haynes’ entry into the White House. Records related to Priscilla Owen include news articles, a congratulatory message from Owen to Brett Kavanaugh, a list of judges for a column to be written by George Will, and background materials on Miguel Estrada, Carolyn Kuhl, and Owen dated between July 2003 and September 2003.

Extent

291 assets

Emails

Segment 8 - published online on December 11, 2019

2018-0263-F[8]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing William Haynes or Priscilla Owen between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[8] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Priscilla Owen between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains a "myth vs. fact" fact sheet regarding Kavanaugh’s suitability for appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, news articles and opinion pieces, emails regarding the plans for Owen’s appearance at the White House upon her confirmation, a final draft of both a statement and talking points regarding Owen’s confirmation, and additional administrative and routine emails.

Extent

251 assets

Emails

Segment 9 - published online on January 9, 2020

2018-0263-F[9]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Priscilla Owen or Carolyn Kuhl between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[9] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Priscilla Owen or Carolyn Kuhl between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains articles, talking points, lists of questions asked by Senators during judicial confirmation hearings, event photo status spreadsheets, and copies of letters sent to Senators Feinstein and Schumer. Also included are administrative emails regarding Owen's confirmation, appointment, and investiture.

Extent

293 assets

Emails

Segment 10 - published online on February 13, 2020

2018-0263-F[10]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs, Steve Koebele, or Nathan Sales between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[10] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs, Steve Koebele, or Nathan Sales between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains administrative and routine emails. Records regarding Wendy Grubbs include formal personnel announcements, various issues of “Off the Shelf” news compilations from the Office of Cabinet Affairs, meeting and conference call scheduling notices, invitations to office parties, staff arrival and departure announcements, a Heritage Foundation newsletter, notices regarding White House Mess operating hours, news articles, spreadsheets of White House commissioned officers, final statements of administration policy, and other mass announcements such as changes in Homeland Security threat levels, requests to pick up holiday cards, and an invitation to a 9/11 remembrance event. Records regarding Steve Koebele are duplicate copies of an email from Mr. Koebele inquiring about the time and date of the signing of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Records regarding Nathan Sales include congratulatory messages from Sales to Brett Kavanaugh, administrative emails regarding a speech, an invitation to a conference, and compilations of quotes put together by the RNC.

Extent

366 assets

Emails

Segment 11 - published online on March 11, 2020

2018-0263-F[11]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[11] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding scheduling and meetings, personnel announcements, talking points, a draft statement regarding medical liability reform, and "Off the Shelf" news bulletins from the Office of Cabinet Affairs. Records from this segment date between July 8, 2003 and July 15, 2003.

Extent

399 assets

Emails

Segment 12 - published online on April 9, 2020

2018-0263-F[12]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[12] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding scheduling and meetings, personnel announcements, newsletters from the Heritage Foundation, news articles, a briefing paper for a reception with Republican senators, an invitation to a surprise birthday party for Alberto Gonzales, "Off the Shelf" news bulletins from the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, and a brief exchange between Kavanaugh and Grubbs regarding his potential confirmation as a judge. Records from this segment date from July 2003.

Extent

330 assets

Emails

Segment 13 - published online on May 7, 2020

2018-0263-F[13]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[13] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding scheduling and meetings, personnel announcements, talking points, an invitation to a surprise birthday party for Alberto Gonzales, and "Off the Shelf" news bulletins from the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. Records from this segment date from July 28, 2003 to August 1, 2003.

Extent

260 assets

Emails

Segment 14 - published online on June 4, 2020

2018-0263-F[14]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[14] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding scheduling and meetings, personnel announcements, newsletters from the Heritage Foundation, news articles, a spreadsheet listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from August 2003.

Extent

390 assets

Emails

Segment 15 - published online on January 14, 2021

2018-0263-F[15]: Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[15] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006. 

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding personnel announcements, news articles, spreadsheets listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, draft and final versions of a briefing paper for White House staff departure photos, a list of recipients of handwritten letters from President George W. Bush sent in 2004, a chart containing cited quotes from Senators regarding filibusters, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from September 26, 2003 to May 18, 2005.

Extent

344 assets

Emails

Segment 16 - published online on August 18, 2021

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[16] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006. 

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding personnel announcements, news articles, spreadsheets listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, draft and final versions of a briefing paper for White House staff departure photos, a list of recipients of handwritten letters from President George W. Bush sent in 2004, a chart containing cited quotes from Senators regarding filibusters, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from July 15, 2003 to May 18, 2005.

Extent

299 assets

Emails

Segment 17 - published online on August 30, 2021

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[17] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006. 

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding personnel announcements, news articles, spreadsheets listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, draft and final versions of a briefing paper for White House staff departure photos, a list of recipients of handwritten letters from President George W. Bush sent in 2004, a chart containing cited quotes from Senators regarding filibusters, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from September 4, 2003 to December 18, 2003.

Extent

268 assets

Emails

Segment 18 - published online on September 16, 2021

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[18] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006. 

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding personnel announcements, news articles, spreadsheets listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, draft and final versions of a briefing paper for White House staff departure photos, a list of recipients of handwritten letters from President George W. Bush sent in 2004, a chart containing cited quotes from Senators regarding filibusters, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from January 9, 2004 to January 19, 2004.

Extent

371 assets

Emails

Segment 19 - published online on September 24, 2021

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[19] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing Wendy Grubbs between July 2003 and May 2006. 

This FOIA primarily contains administrative emails regarding personnel announcements, news articles, spreadsheets listing all of the current commissioned officers serving in the White House, draft and final versions of a briefing paper for White House staff departure photos, a list of recipients of handwritten letters from President George W. Bush sent in 2004, a chart containing cited quotes from Senators regarding filibusters, as well as additional factual and routine emails. Records from this segment date from January 20, 2004 to  February 9, 2004 regarding Wendy Grubbs and July 8, 2003 to September 24, 2003 regarding  Lisa Graves.

Extent

273 assets

Emails

Segment 20 - published online on March 16, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[20] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Pregnan* between July 2003 and May 2006 that have not already been processed. 

This FOIA primarily contains briefing papers, draft and annotated speeches, draft proclamations, background information on speech mentions, a weekly legislative report, and cabinet reports. Also included are draft and final Statements of Administration Policy, a veto threat chart, and veto threat sample language. Lastly, strategy emails regarding judicial nominations including Holmes, Pryor, and Kuhl as well as background information on Pryor are present. Records from this segment date from July 9, 2003 to September 8, 2004.

Extent

250 assets

Emails

Segment 21 - published online on April 27, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[21] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing pregnan* between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains briefing papers, draft and annotated speeches, and weekly cabinet reports. Also included are draft White House publication language, a veto threat chart, and drafts of a memorandum regarding the FDA approval of the Plan B Emergency Contraceptive. Lastly, strategy emails regarding judicial nominations and fact checking materials for the Iraq Progress Reports are present. Records from this segment date from July 11, 2003 to December 30, 2003.

Extent

357 assets

Emails

Segment 22 - published online on May 25, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[22] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh referencing pregnan* between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains briefing papers, speech drafts, videotaping script drafts, draft op-eds and articles, fact sheets, talking points, proclamations, draft presidential statements, draft statements of administrative policy, a values policy book, acknowledgment lists, draft and final reports, administrative emails regarding speech mentions, and gift reports. Also included is a
draft memorandum regarding personal responsibility and compassion and a draft memorandum regarding a women’s issues briefing. Many of these records relate to events and speeches regarding medical liability reform, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and other health related events. Records from this segment date from January to December 2004.

Extent

452 assets

Emails

Segment 23 - published online on June 27, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[23] requested Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Pregnan* between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed.

This FOIA primarily contains speech drafts, telephone call script drafts, fact sheets, draft presidential statements, draft statements of administrative policy, correspondence, draft and final reports, night notes, schedules, and calendars. Many of these records relate to events and speeches regarding the 2005 Economic Report of the President, the 2005 March for Life, medical liability reform, and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Records from this segment date from January 2005 through May 2006.

Extent

246 assets

Emails

Segment 24 - published online on August 2, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[24] requested Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Pregnan* between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed.

This FOIA primarily contains draft remarks, administrative emails, news articles, draft messages, meeting information, briefing papers, comments on news articles regarding Judge John Roberts, and information concerning previous Supreme Court nominees and questions asked during hearings. Additionally, there are agendas, briefing slides, and meeting information for September 19, 2005 and September 20, 2005 meetings regarding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Records from this segment date from May 4, 2005 to September 20, 2005.

Extent

273 assets

Email

Segment 25 - published online on August 17, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[25] requested Emails From, To, CC, or BCC Brett Kavanaugh Referencing Pregnan* between July 2003-May 2006 that have not already been processed.

This FOIA primarily contains draft and annotated speeches, telephone call script drafts, draft presidential statements, draft correspondence, memoranda, draft and final reports, night notes, moot court background materials, draft legislative bills, and news articles. Notable topics in this segment include 2006 State of the Union draft materials, policy discussion of Hurricane Katrina, documents related to Secretary of State Colin Powell’s determination regarding funding of the United Nations Population Fund, discussion of China’s birth limitation policy, memoranda on women’s issues in 2004, and questions asked during Supreme Court nomination hearings. Records from this segment date from October 10, 2003 to June 15, 2006.

Extent

318 assets

Email

Segment 26 - published online on September 19, 2022

Scope and Content

FOIA 2018-0263-F[26] requested previously unprocessed materials related to emails sent or received by Brett Kavanaugh referencing pregnan* between July 2003 and May 2006.

This FOIA primarily contains copies of a draft hurricane fact sheet entitled Gulf Coast Update: Hurricane Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Continues. Records from this segment date from March 8, 2006.

Extent

995 assets

Email