Mnuchin media

M Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1361974-000, DOJ-AP-2017-001691
Status
Rejected

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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:

Records relating to RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Relativity Media, two media companies that have been associated with Steven Mnuchin.

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 for all relevant names, agencies, organizations and companies including but not limited to those cited in the obituaries and biographies cited in the previous paragraph.

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. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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

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.

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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
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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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:
* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2017-001691
* Request Tracking Number: 1361974-000
* Requester Name: Mike Best
* Date Submitted: 01/13/2017
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description: To the Director of the Office of Information Policy -
I am appealing the FBI's 12/7/16 blanket rejection of FOIAPA#1361974-000, regarding Relativity Media.
Considering that this file pertains to the next potential Secretary of the Treasury, there is a clear and immediate public interest that outweighs any privacy or investigatory concerns.
The American people have a right to know if the person tasked with overseeing vast swaths of the American economy, including regulating commercial banks and major financial institutions, is currently under investigation for financial crimes. I ask that you disclose that information as quickly as possible, allowing for whatever partial exemptions under b(6) or b(7) exemptions are necessary.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

Your request for Expedited Processing for the FOIA request DOJ-AP-2017-001691 has been granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 01/13/2017
* Expedited Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: To the Director of the Office of Information Policy -
I am appealing the FBI's 12/7/16 blanket rejection of FOIAPA#1361974-000, regarding Relativity Media.
Considering that this file pertains to the next potential Secretary of the Treasury, there is a clear and immediate public interest that outweighs any privacy or investigatory concerns.
The American people have a right to know if the person tasked with overseeing vast swaths of the American economy, including regulating commercial banks and major financial institutions, is currently under investigation for financial crimes. I ask that you disclose that information as quickly as possible, allowing for whatever partial exemptions under b(6) or b(7) exemptions are necessary.

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From: Michael Best

Please clarify the status of this request ASAP. On January 30, DOJ granted the appeal for release and expedited processing of the file for Relativity Media. FDPS check for 1361974-000 shows the request as closed. FDPS check for 1361974-001 does not return anything.

Thanks!

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From: Michael Best

Please clarify the status of this request ASAP. On January 30, DOJ granted the appeal for release and expedited processing of the file for Relativity Media. FDPS check for 1361974-000 shows the request as closed. FDPS check for 1361974-001 does not return anything.

I previously inquired about this on the eighth, but did not receive a response.

Thanks!

From: Michael Best

This is the third time I've requested clarification on the status of this request subsequent to the DOJ granting the appeal.

"Please clarify the status of this request ASAP. On January 30, DOJ granted the appeal for release and expedited processing of the file for Relativity Media. FDPS check for 1361974-000 shows the request as closed. FDPS check for 1361974-001 does not return anything."

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-001691 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal.

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