Congressional requests, 2015-2018

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

1444199-000, A-20-00412




From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any requests for documents, information, briefings or testimony sent to either the director's office or the appropriate congressional liaison office between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the determination that it is not a valid FOIA request and that it requires an unreasonable amount of effort to perform the search. Not only has the Bureau repeatedly granted such FOIAs in the past, it has posted them to its website under this very heading. Further, the number of people who have been in Congress during those years is a limited, concrete number that is easily referenced – information which the Bureau has ready access to. Further, courts have explicitly rejected the Bureau's arguments, as noted on the Justice Department's website. See Shapiro v. CIA, No. 14-00019, 2016 WL 1069646 (D.D.C. Mar. 17, 2016) (Cooper, J.), in which the court found that, "[r]egardless of how onerous it might be to locate them, there can be no dispute about which items are being requested."

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From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Office of Information Policy has made its final determination on your FOIA Appeal Number A-2020-00412 .  A copy of this determination is enclosed for your review, along with any enclosures, if applicable.  Thank you.