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Subseries 8. Foreign Trips

Scope and Content Notes:

As Thornburgh states in his autobiography: "My tenure saw a huge increase in the department's activity in the international arena. The negotiation of extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties and executive agreements were high priorities as we sought more fugitives, evidence and forfeitable assets from abroad. Other meetings, conferences and negotiations focused on organized crime, money laundering, terrorism and narcotics. At various times I pursued these discussions in Greece, England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Scotland, Sweden, Hungary and Bulgaria" ( Evidence, p. 255). A notable trip, on another subject, was that to the Soviet Union, late in 1989, when Soviet Minister of Justice, Veniamin F. Yakovlev, invited Thornburgh to visit Moscow, in what was the first ever visit by a sitting attorney general of the United States. It was at this time that Thornburgh became active in the effort to promote the rule of law in other nations, an interest that has continued in his subsequent career. Yakovlev and Thornburgh have met several additional times and researchers will be interested in the video, available here online, of one such occasion.

The Attorney General's twelve foreign trips are chronologically ordered. In general, there is a strong pattern within the material of three "stages" of each trip. "Pre-trip material," for example, generally includes memoranda, briefings, background on a country, correspondence, press releases and/or news wires, and news clippings. Not infrequently the background material is extensive. "Trip material" will contain itineraries, information on the trip delegation, and meetings during the trip itself. "Post-trip material" often includes thank you letters and other correspondence, follow-up newspaper articles, and occasionally an Attorney General diary.

Many of the trips involve special TREVI (Terrorism, Radicalism, Extremism, Violence International) meetings. TREVI was the law enforcement counterpart to the European Economic Community ( Evidence, p.229). Its goal was to address mutual problems and cross-border challenges, such as drug trafficking, which is why many of these trips have international drug use and trafficking as a primary focus. Because of the international scope of drug problems, for example, Thornburgh established, in August 1989, an Office of International Affairs within the Department of Justice to coordinate these international efforts. Memoranda of Cuyler Walker who frequently traveled abroad with Thornburgh are also included here.

The specific trips are as follows: Europe trip to London, Bern, Bonn, Vienna, Rome and Athens (TREVI), November 28-December 9, 1988; South America trip to Bolivia, Peru and Columbia, March 5-9, 1989; South America trip to Bolivia, Peru and Columbia, April 6-13, 1989; Europe trip to Paris and Madrid (TREVI), May 8-12, 1989; Trip to the Soviet Union, October 14-20, 1989; Europe trip to Dublin, Luxembourg, London and Paris (TREVI), December 10-15, 1989; Europe trip to Sweden, Scotland, Italy and Dublin (TREVI), June 10-15, 1990; Asia trip to Tokyo and Seoul, August 31-September 7, 1990; Canada trip, October 14-17, 1990; Mexico trip to Monterrey, November 26-27, 1990; Eastern Europe trip to Budapest, Sophia and Rome (TREVI), December 1-7, 1990; and Guatemala trip, January 12-17, 1991.

Section: Cuyler Walker's Memos regarding International Trips and Events, September 4, 1990-July 23, 1991


Box 824
Folder 1 Memoranda September 4, 1990-July 23, 1991

Section: Europe Trip to London, Bern, Bonn, Vienna, Rome and Athens (TREVI), November 28-December 9, 1988

Folder 2 Pre-trip material: news wires, news releases, and correspondence November 28-December 9, 1988
Folder 3 Trip material: news clippings and news releases November 28-December 9, 1988
Folder 4 Trip material: Attorney General's Diary November 28-December 9, 1988
Folder 5 Post-trip material: correspondence and public message November 28-December 9, 1988

Section: South America Trip to Bolivia, Peru and Columbia, March 5-9, 1989

Folder 6 Pre-trip material: contacts, briefing, agendas, and correspondence March 5-9, 1989
Folder 7 Trip material: news clippings and agendas March 5-9, 1989
Folder 8 Trip material: Spanish newspaper clippings and English translations regarding Attorney General Thornburgh's visit March 5-9, 1989
Folder 9 Post-trip material: correspondence, news wires and news clippings March 5-9, 1989

Section: South America Trip to Bolivia, Peru and Columbia, April 6-13, 1989

Folder 10 Pre-trip and trip material: agendas and schedules April 6-13, 1989

Section: Europe Trip to Paris and Madrid (TREVI), May 8-12, 1989

Folder 11 Pre-trip material: news clippings, briefings, and agendas May 8-12, 1989
Folder 12 Trip material: news clippings and agendas May 8-12, 1989
Folder 13 Post-trip material: correspondence May 8-12, 1989

Section: Trip to the Soviet Union, October 14-20, 1989

Folder 14 Pre-trip material: news wires, Thornburgh notes, agendas, briefing material, and schedules October 14-20, 1989
Folder 15 Trip material: Brochures, guidebooks, maps and Soviet Union welcome folder October 14-20, 1989
Folder 16 Trip material: Ginny Thornburgh's Soviet Union welcome folder October 14-20, 1989
Folder 17 Trip material: speech and drafts by Attorney General Thornburgh, "Glasnost, Perestroyka, Democratizatsia and the Rule of Law," to Moscow University students and news clippings October 14-20, 1989
Folder 18 Trip material: Attorney General's diary and drafts October 14-20, 1989
Folder 19 Post-trip material: correspondence, interviews, Thornburgh notes and news clippings October 14-20, 1989
Folder 20 Post-trip material: meetings with Soviet Union officials Marchenko and Lushchikov October 14-20, 1989

Section: Europe Trip to Dublin, Luxemborg, London and Paris (TREVI), December 10-15, 1989

Folder 21 Pre-trip material: briefing material, Thornburgh notes, schedules, and agendas December 10-15, 1989
Folder 22 Trip material: agendas and Thornburgh notes December 10-15, 1989
Folder 23 Trip material: Attorney General's diary and drafts December 10-15, 1989

Section: Europe Trip to Sweden, Scotland, Italy and Dublin (TREVI), June 10-15, 1990


Box 825
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: briefing book, Thornburgh notes, schedules and correspondence June 10-15, 1990
Folder 2 Trip material: Welcome material, memoranda to Thornburgh and agendas June 10-15, 1990

Section: Asia Trip to Tokyo and Seoul, August 31-September 7, 1990

Folder 3-4 Pre-trip material: briefing material, Thornburgh notes and news clippings August 31-September 7, 1990
Folder 5 Trip material: Thornburgh notes, business cards from acquaintances, agendas and meeting schedules August 31-September 7, 1990
Folder 6 Trip material: Attorney General's diary and drafts August 31-September 7, 1990
Folder 7 Post-trip material: correspondence August 31-September 7, 1990

Section: Canada Trip to Ottawa, October 14-17, 1990

Folder 8 Correspondence news clippings October 14-17, 1990

Section: Mexico Trip to Monterrey, November 26-27, 1990

Folder 9 Pre-trip material: briefing material, Thornburgh notes, news clippings, schedules and agendas November 26-27, 1990
Folder 10 Trip material: Thornburgh notes and ephemera November 26-27, 1990
Folder 11 Post-trip material: correspondence November 26-27, 1990

Section: Eastern Europe Trip to Budapest, Sophia and Rome (TREVI), December 1-7, 1990

Folder 12 Pre-trip material: briefing material, agendas and correspondence December 1-7, 1990
Folder 13 Pre-trip material: briefing material, news clippings and schedules December 1-7, 1990
Folder 14 Trip material: Ginny Thornburgh's schedule and copies of trip memorabilia December 1-7, 1990
Folder 15 Trip material: Attorney General's diary December 1-7, 1990
Folder 16 Post-trip material: Report to President Bush December 1-7, 1990

Section: Guatemala Trip, January 12-17, 1991

Folder 17 Pre-trip material: briefing material, Thornburgh notes, schedules and news clippings January 12-17, 1991
Folder 18 Trip material: Thornburgh notes and agendas January 12-17, 1991
Folder 19 Post-trip material: correspondence January 12-17, 1991
Folder 20 Rob Bonner: Mexico and Guatemala trip meeting March 12, 1991