Robert R. Mullen (FBI)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1347108-000, F-00020-17, 2017-00712
Status
Completed

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 Robert R. Mullen, who was a campaign press secretary for Dwight D. Eisenhower, information director for the Marshall Plan, which provided assistance to Europe after World War II, and then became Eisenhower's press secretary. In 1952, Mr. Mullen formed the Robert R. Mullen Company, a public relations concern based in the capital that included as its clients the American Bar Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the American Automobile Association. He retired from the company in 1972. A Watergate committee report and a CIA document revealed that the Robert Mullen Company has in at least two instances been a front for CIA operations abroad. Please include a cross-reference search for E. Howard Hunt Jr. and the Robert Mullen Company.

As Robert Mullen's death has been widely and extensively reported, proof of death is not required. His obituary may be found at http://www.nytimes.com/1986/03/19/obituaries/robert-r-mullen-dead-at-77-eisenhower-aide-in-52-race.html

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: 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

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Michael Best

In addition to the CRS search, I am requesting a cross-reference search and an ELSUR search.

Thank you.

From: Michael Best

I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble identifying him. He is listed in the RIDS Dead List. According to that, his was 11/24/1908, and died in March 1986.

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.

FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.”

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

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
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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

I apologize for the error in my last message, which failed to clarify that the first date was his listed date of birth. The correct message should have read:

I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble identifying him. He is listed in the RIDS Dead List. According to that, his date of birth was 11/24/1908, and he died in March of 1986.

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.

FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.”

Thank you again for your help, and I apologize for the lack of clarity in my first attempt to clarify the individual's identity. I hope you can appreciate the irony of that mistake and that it makes you chuckle, as it did me.

Michael Best

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

We have received your corrected additional correspondence, and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review.

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
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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

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>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON May 11, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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
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
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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

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>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON June 15, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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
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
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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

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>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON July 20, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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 https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/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. I specified "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." Despite this, the response letter indicates only that the CRS was searched.

Additionally, I also requested a "cross-reference search for E. Howard Hunt Jr. and the Robert Mullen Company." This does not appear to have been performed.

I also believe that the leads I provided were not followed up on. Despite mentioning that he played a significant role in the Watergate affair, there is no mention of this in the files provided by the Bureau. Therefore, I suspect that a thorough and reasonable search was not conducted on that front, either. The same applies to his time as Eisenhower's press secretary, which I believe would have been mentioned in Bureau files.

Thank you!

From: Campbell, Pamela

October 27, 2016
Dear Mr. Michael  Best,
Attached is an acknowledgement letter assigning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) number to your request.  You will be notified shortly of the assigned FOIA Specialist that will be processing this FOIA request.  If you have questions, please contact us on 202 712-0960 or by e-mail at
foia@usaid.gov. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov)
Pamela A. Campbell
USAID
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: Internet, FOIA

Good afternoon, Mr. Best:

Attached is the acknowledgment letter for the referral from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of your March 17, 2016 FOIA request.

Office of the Chief Information Officer
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
Telephone: (202) 606-3642
E-mail: FOIA@opm.gov<mailto:FOIA@opm.gov>

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

11/29/2016 09:28 AM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-000892

From: Internet, FOIA

Please find attached the final response to your Freedom Of Information Act request.

Thank you for your interest in OPM FOIA and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Your request is now considered closed in this office.

OPM FOIA

From: Campbell, Pamela

December 7, 2016
Dear Mr. Best:
This is the final response to your March 17, 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  This request was referred for direct reply from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) received your request in this office on October 27, 2016.  You requested records relating to Robert R. Mullen, who was a campaign press secretary for Dwight D. Eisenhower, information director for the Marshall Plan, which provided assistance to Europe after World War II, and then became Eisenhower’s press secretary.  You also requested to please include a cross-reference search for E. Howard Hunt Jr. and the Robert Mullen Company. For your information, Congress excluded three (3) discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C§ 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV (2010)).  This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA.  This is a standard notification that is given to all of our requesters and should not be construed as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist. The Office of Security conducted a review of the three responsive documents.  The search produced a total of three responsive pages.  Of those pages, we have determined that all three pages are releasable in their entirety. If you require any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, you may contact Pamela Campbell, the assigned FOIA Specialist by phone on (202) 712-4476 or at .  You may also contact USAID’s FOIA Public Liaison, Lynn P. Winston, at (mailto:parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov) parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov foia@usaid.gov Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services offered: Office of Government Information Services ​National Records and Archives Administration
​8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS
​College Park, Maryland  20740-6001
​Email:
Telephone:  (202) 741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448 (mailto:ogis@nara.gov) ogis@nara.gov
​Fax (202) 741-5769
You have the right to appeal this final response.  Your appeal must be received by USAID no later than 90 days from the date of this letter.  In order for it to be considered an official appeal, please address and send directly to the FOIA Appeal Officer: Director, Office of Management Services ​U.S. Agency for International Development
​1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
​Ronald Reagan Building, Room 2.12-010
​Washington, D.C. 20523
If you wish to fax your appeal, the fax number is (202) 216-3369.  Both the appeal and the envelope should be plainly marked “ FOIA Appeal.”  Please include your tracking number ​F-00020-17, in your letter.
There is no charge for this FOIA request.  As this concluded the processing of your request, it will be closed. Thank you for your interest in USAID. Sincerely, //s//
​Lynn P. Winston
​FOIA Officer/Agency Records Officer
​Bureau for Management
​Office of Management Services
​Information and Records Division
Enclosure:  Responsive Document (3 page)

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-000892 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Other -- Agency Performed Adequate Search.

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