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FTC's FOIA to OLC on Whether They Spoke to SCOTUS About the Chief Justice Presiding Over the Impeachment Trial

Melissa Golden
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Department of Justice
Room 5511, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530-0001

January 26, 2021

Dear Ms. Golden:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I request access to and copies of all correspondence between the Office of Legal Counsel and the Supreme Court of the United States regarding whether Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

This should include all memos and all e-mail, print or other correspondence and attachments, including instances where staff were carbon copied (CC’d).

In order to accommodate this request, the following individuals can be considered likely custodians related to this search: Steven Engel, who served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel until January 20, 2021, and his deputies; and Christopher Schroeder, who became Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel on January 20, 2021, and his deputies.

If possible, I would prefer to receive this information electronically via e-mail at If records must be sent by mail, please send them to me at 31 Hudson Yards, 11th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001. If you have questions or need additional information from me, please feel free to call me at 202-780-4990.

As Fix the Court is a project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and in light of the regular publication and dissemination activities in which it engages, I request that any fees that may be associated with this request be waived. This request is not for commercial purposes, and the release of the information requested is not in Fix the Court’s financial interest, given our mission is to promote accountability in the federal judiciary and from its judges, justices and judicial nominees.

If this request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all withholdings and deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the law. Thank you for your assistance.

Tyler Cooper
Senior Researcher
Fix the Court

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