Break out the auto pen – the Department of Justice has some mail to answer.
The White House has told the office of the DOJ Executive Secretariat, which handles Justice Department correspondence, to prepare for a deluge of citizen mail, Main Justice has learned.
There are about 25,000 pieces of backlogged mail from citizens, which the White House is sorting by issue and re-routing to several different agencies. The Justice Department is expecting 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of mail, which the White House has labeled as a priority, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Department of Justice employees are expected to respond to the letters within ten days of receiving the mail, which should start arriving in the next few weeks. The mail, which will mostly be answered with pre-written form letters, could date back to January.
Such mail backlogged have occurred in the past with changes in administrations. A Justice Department spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.