Filegate

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1347514-000, DOJ-AP-2017-000934
Due Sept. 2, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Crowdfund Request: Hillary Clinton's Filegate

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The White House FBI files controversy of the Clinton Administration, often referred to as Filegate, centers around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Allegations were made that senior White House figures, including then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, requested and read the files for political purposes, and that the First Lady had authorized the hiring of the underqualified Craig Livingstone. Livingstone, director of the White House’s Office of Personnel Security, improperly requested and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission or being cleared for access. Many of the files covered White House employees from previous Republican administrations, including top presidential advisors.

Although Judicial Watch’s lawsuit over the matter was eventually dismissed for being unable to produce evidence, the FBI has now acknowledged that it has just under 3,000 pages of files on the matter. As the then-First Lady, later Secretary of State and now Democratic nominee for President, it seems imperative that these files be released to help reveal the truth of the matter - regardless of whether the truth exonerates or incriminates Mrs. Clinton and the others involved.

Please help cover the cost of these important files along with a rapid reading and analysis of them. Once released, they’ll be made freely available to the public and other journalists.

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Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to "Filegate", which arose in June 1996 around improper White House access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Access to the files, allegedly without permission, was given to Craig Livingstone, director of the White House's Office of Personnel Security, with estimates ranging from 400 to 900 unauthorized file disclosures.

I request that processing be expedited, as there is widespread interest in which there exist possible questions about the government’s integrity which affect public confidence. This is especially relevant given the upcoming election, in which Hillary Clinton (suspected by some of wrongdoing in 'Filegate') is a candidate. I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I request that fees be waived, as the documents will be used to facilitate news stories which enhance the public's understanding of the government's handling of alleged wrongdoing. The documents will also be made available through the nonprofit Internet Archive's national security collection.

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

Dear Mr. Best,

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
PIO (540) 868-4593
Direct (540) 868-4286
Fax (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

I requested expedited processing for this request, but see no evidence that the request for expedited processing was considered.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the decision that the files are not relevant to the public's perception of governmental integrity. Given the election and Hillary Clinton's candidacy for President of the United States, and the allegation of wrongdoing on her part and on the part of people in the Clinton White House, it is clearly relevant to the integrity of governmental operations.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

06/07/2016 03:43 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-003424

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-003424 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Appeal based solely on denial for expedited processing.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Michael Best

I agree to pay fees associated with this request and request a rolling release. As one of the subjects of the investigation is currently the Democratic nominee for President, there is a need to have the file released ASAP.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

We are prepared to submit payment associated with this FOIA request. Please let us know when it is appropriate to do so.

Thanks so much,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the closure of this request, as no notice was ever sent about it being closed. Further, I promptly agreed to pay fees and the followed up with a recommitment to do so.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

11/29/2016 09:45 AM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-000934

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-000934 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely reversed/remanded.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Ms. Best,

I'm contacting you about the FOIA request you made for records concerning Filegate. As you probably recall, the FBI located approximately 2893 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium (51-950 pages), large (951-8000 pages), and extra-large (over 8000 pages) sub-tracks based upon request size.

Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. The more potentially responsive pages a request has, the more complex it becomes, greatly increasing the time required for processing. Generally, the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. A review of your request determined that it is currently in the complex request large processing track. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may yet be a long time before you begin to receive material from this request.

Reducing the scope of your request may accelerate the processing and allow for a more timely receipt of the information you seek, as it could potentially place your request into a smaller, faster processing track. This may also reduce duplication costs, if applicable. Would you be willing to consider reducing the scope of your request? If so, I would be happy to help you to decide the best approach to take. We could potentially narrow your request by date, or if you are looking for something specific, we could approach the scope reduction process in that way.

Please let me know if you would like to potentially reduce the scope of your request. I can be reached via email at rbronson@fbi.gov, or you may call me at 540-868-1695, Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm Eastern time.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Ms. Best,

Hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Ms. Best,

Hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

From: Emma Best

I'm afraid I need the entire file this time.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

No worries – we’ll process the entire file.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

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