Pre-2016 Election Investigation

Vaughn Golden filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1376988-000, DOJ-AP-2017-006269

Est. Completion None


From: Vaughn Golden

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Investigative reports and additional material from the central records system as well as field office records regarding the investigation of a potential terrorist threat on the election (11/08/2016) that included the questioning of American citizens with Pakistani origin on the weekend of 11/04/2016- 11/06/2016.

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.


Vaughn Golden

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Vaughn Golden

The documents in question requests no specific personal information and seeks to serve a broader look into the agency's practices.
The following precedent was set forth in Department of the Air Force v. Rose in 1976:

"Mink, supra at 410 U. S. 79. Congress therefore structured a revision whose basic purpose reflected "a general philosophy of full agency disclosure unless information is exempted under clearly delineated statutory language." S.Rep. No. 813, 89th Cong., 1st Sess., 3 (1965) (hereinafter S.Rep. No. 813). To make crystal clear the congressional objective -- in the words of the Court of Appeals, "to pierce the veil of administrative secrecy and to open agency action to the light of public scrutiny," 495 F.2d at 263 -- Congress provided in § 552(c) that nothing in the Act should be read to "authorize withholding of information or limit the availability of records to the public, except as specifically stated. . . ." Consistently with that objective, the Act repeatedly states "that official information shall be made available to the public,' `for public inspection.'" Mink, supra at 410 U. S. 79. There are, however, exemptions from compelled disclosure. They are nine in number, and are set forth in § 552(b). But these limited exemptions do not obscure the basic policy that disclosure, not secrecy, is the dominant objective of the Act."

Any information considered personal or revealing to a law enforcement investigation could either redacted or omitted to the requested documents without revealing such information.

The agency also fails to demonstrate how the responsive documents “logically” “create a risk of circumvention of the law.” Also, the records would not reveal any information about investigative techniques that are not already common knowledge.


08/24/2017 10:50 AM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-006269

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

DOJ-AP-2017-006269 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Records not reasonably described.

  • Golden, Vaughn FBI 17-006269_appeal response (11-28-17) affirm.modified.not reasonably described