Trump investigation requests (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-00363-F
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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:

Copies of written requests (whether issued internally, by other Agencies or Congress) for investigations or reports relating to Donald J. Trump , his campaign or his Presidential Transition Team from January 1, 2015 through January 19, 2017. Please interpret this FOIA to include requests for comments on other reports or investigations. Note that I am not asking for responses to these requests, or details about the existence or non-existence of any such investigations.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. 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. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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: Drug Enforcement Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: DEA.FOIA

Good Morning Mr. Best:

Please see the attach signed status letter regarding the FOIA request that was submitted to our office on February 21, 2017. If you have any questions please fill free to contact the GIS Specialist that is listed on your letter or call the mainline number listed below.

Respectfully yours,
Jewell Carroll
Program Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (SARF)
(Desk) 202-307-4006; (fax) 202-307-8556
FOIA/PA Main Phone Line 202-307-7596

  • Mr. Best signed status letter for FOIA Case Number 17-00363-F

From: DEA.FOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Best,
Attached, you will find our response to your SARF case number 17-00363-F request.
Respectfully yours,
Joyce Whitley
Program Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (SARF)
Drug Enforcement Administration (HQS)
8701 Morrissette Drive, West Bldg., 6th Floor
Springfield, Virginia 22152
(desk) 202-353-1212; (fax) 202-307-8556
FOIA/PA Main Phone Line 202-307-7596

From: Michael Best

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. I'm happy to accept the results of your determination and will _not_ be appealing it or referring it to OGIS.

My thanks go to your office, and to those involved in searching those two components.

Sincerely,
Michael Best

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