Trump investigation requests (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-00078
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:

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:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

Please see your attached acknowledgement letter.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)


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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

In reference to your status update request for 2017-FOI-00042. I have the request closed and sent via email on 3/30/17. I can resend it if you have not received it. However, I can provide a status update for 2017-FOI-00038 and 00041. I may have gotten the case numbers confused with a previous status update.

I acknowledge your request 2017-FOI-00038 is 15 days past due. Your request had to be sent to two other agencies for consultations. I am still awaiting their response. NGA has already completed the review of that document.

I acknowledge your request 2017-FOI-00041 is 12 days past due. I am awaiting a response from the subject matter expects from your clarification of the request on 3/10/17. I will reach out to them today for a status update. I estimate having your case closed by 4/14/17.

Please be advised that date is just an estimate and is subject to change. I do plan to get your final response as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your time and patience.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Requester Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

From: Michael Best

I don't seem to have a copy of the response. If you could resend it, that'd be great.

Thanks so much for your help with this.

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Mr. Best,

Please see the attached Final Response Letter for 2017-FOI-00042. I apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
-Tiffany Richardson

From: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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