FBI file of Vince McMahon Sr.

David Bixenspan filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1353731-000
Status
Rejected

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From: David Bixenspan

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I should be categorized as a media requester. This request is part of my reporting process, and I will use the materials in my coverage (for various outlets including VICE, Wrestling Observer, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and Death & Taxes) of news in the public interest. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the FBI file on professional wrestling promoter Vincent James McMahon, also known as Vince McMahon Sr. Proof of death to address privacy concerns and minimize redactions:

July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984
WWE Legends book produced by successor company of his promotion: https://books.google.com/books?id=WrFWKBBQzAAC&lpg=PA13&ots=GP2rG0xrk9&dq=vincent%20james%20mcmahon%20dies%201984%20article&pg=PA13#v=onepage&q&f=false
Sex, Lies, and Headlocks book: https://books.google.com/books?id=xi1-scyOfaEC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=vincent+james+mcmahon+dies+1984+article&source=bl&ots=rIYZ_hkrdq&sig=0MeSFSzVXzWHlOtRwBvDoxLRvXE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4mca5q9PNAhXEFR4KHWxYAWE4ChDoAQgeMAE#v=onepage&q=vincent%20james%20mcmahon%20dies%201984%20article&f=false
FindAGrave.com: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8838203
Legacy of Wrestling: http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/McMahonSr.html

Please provide not just main file records, but also for cross-reference records, the products of an ELSUR search, and all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this case file. For anything not produced, please send a proper Vaughn Index.

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,

David Bixenspan

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Bixenspan,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: David Bixenspan

I should be classified as a media requester. The acknowledgment has me as a general requester. Please fix.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: David Bixenspan

To whom it may concern,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to your "no responsive documents" response for FOIPA # 1353731-000, there are/were indeed responsive documents that theoretically should still be in the custody of the FBI, but they were destroyed on January 20, 2016. Please make another attempt to locate any digital archival copies made of these documents, as it seems strange that they would be disposed of without being archived first. Regardless of the outcome that search, please produce all internal communications, inter-agency communications, and other documentation pertaining to the document destruction in question as well as the same for this FOIA request. In addition, please produce the actual computer search results that led you on your search for the destroyed documents in the original response to the request. For any of the above that exists and is not produced, please provide a complete Vaughn Index.

Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,
David Bixenspan

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

09/20/2016 02:43 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-005439

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-005439 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partially affirmed & partially reversed/remanded.

  • Bixenspan, David, AP-2016-005439, FBI, Appeal response letter, Affirm

From: David Bixenspan

To whom it may concern,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Since getting the "No Responsive Documents" letter, the results of my previous appeal, and developing a better understanding of the FOIA and appeal process, I received documents in another request (FOIPA # 1353617-000) that should have been discovered via the search for this request. I have uploaded the document which mentions McMahon here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3248618-1353617-0-60-HQ-4630-32.html

In light of this discovery, I am appealing to obtain a more thorough search for responsive documents about Vincent James McMahon. Please make sure to search both cross-referenced records and “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) records in addition to main file records, as well as whatever other searches can be done to locate responsive documents now that it's clear that some were missed.

Thanks,
David Bixenspan

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

01/18/2017 04:03 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001731

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-001731 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for other reasons -- Other -- Moot.

  • Bixenspan, David, AP-2017-001731, FBI - close moot component reopened

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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