Debategate

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1358460-000, DOJ-AP-2017-002104
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All files, papers, letters, memos and other materials collected or prepared regarding "Debategate," a political scandal affecting the administration of Ronald Reagan; it took place in the final days of the 1980 presidential election. Reagan's team had somehow acquired President Jimmy Carter's briefing papers he used in preparation for the October 28, 1980 debate with Reagan. The briefing papers were never specified to be vital strategy memos or just routine position papers. This leak of campaign papers was not divulged to the public until late June 1983, after Laurence Barrett published Gambling With History: Reagan in the White House, an in-depth account of the Reagan administration's first two years. Several federal investigations were launched into the matter. I also request that all materials prepared for these investigations, including any and all Department of Justice or Congressional investigations, be provided as well. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1984/09/11/reagan-assures-casey-he-can-stay-as-cia-chief-in-new-term/b0c2c893-d153-4513-9d87-f3c82bbd933f/ http://www.nytimes.com/1984/06/18/us/campaign-papers-remain-a-mystery.html?pagewanted=all http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id293.htm

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. As such, I have a reasonable expectation of publication.

I request that processing be expedited, as it speaks to the government's integrity and ability to investigate itself. The Debategate case led to a great deal of public concern about the government and the election process, as it hinted at interference in the Presidential election and crimes committed by the campaign staff. It was compared to Watergate and received a great deal of national attention and concern. The national importance of the matter is spoken to by the high number of publications that referred to it, both at the time and in recent years.

http://www.politico.com/story/2009/10/new-book-pins-debategate-on-dem-028317
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1984/09/11/reagan-assures-casey-he-can-stay-as-cia-chief-in-new-term/b0c2c893-d153-4513-9d87-f3c82bbd933f/
http://www.nytimes.com/1984/06/18/us/campaign-papers-remain-a-mystery.html?pagewanted=all
https://newrepublic.com/article/89585/debategate-carter-reagan-debate-scandal
http://www.csmonitor.com/1983/0630/063041.html
https://books.google.com/books?id=0BafgsBIlrwC&pg=PA703&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false
http://www.csmonitor.com/1984/0524/052434.html
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,950083,00.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/30/AR2005083001763.html?utm_term=.fa15612b58b0
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=pur1.32754076784184;view=1up;seq=7
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=pur1.32754076784242;view=1up;seq=5
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=cEESl2W9cGoC&hl=en

For similar reasons to those stated above, I request that duplication fees be waived.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Best

From: FOIPARequest

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Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
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Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

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If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

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The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

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From: Michael Best

Please provide an estimated date of completion, as requested in the email, and as required by statute.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following:

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

The estimated date of completion for the request is March 2017.

Note: Interim releases are generally made for complex requests.

If you require further assistance please contact foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, based on but not limited to the Bureau only provided the closing document for the captioned case.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/08/2017 09:27 AM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-002104

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-002104 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Other -- Agency Performed Adequate Search.

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