Trump investigation requests (National Reconnaissance Office)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Reconnaissance Office of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-00078
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Appeal

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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:

Dear MuckRock,

Attached please find the final response to your FOIA request. If you have
any questions, please call the Requester Service Center at (703) 227-9326,
or email FOIA@nro.mil and reference tracking number F-2017-00078.

Sincerely,

National Reconnaissance Office
Information Review and Release Group

From:

FOIA would like to recall the message, "NRO FOIA #F-2017-00078_Final Response Letter - MuckRock for Michael Best".

From:

Dear MuckRock,

Attached please find the final response to your FOIA request. If you have
any questions, please call the Requester Service Center at (703) 227-9326,
or email FOIA@nro.mil and reference tracking number F-2017-00078.

Sincerely,

National Reconnaissance Office
Information Review and Release Group

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the rejection of my FOIA request. The connection is plain in that the NRO is one of the seventeen agencies that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is therefore not unreasonable that one of the other agencies may have requested a comment from the NGIA - especially as some of the allegations made (i.e. in the collection of reports/"dossier" published by BuzzFeed which makes claims about specific locations. It is more than reasonable that, as a central point for satellite imagery, the NRO may have been asked to comment on these matters. Whether or not the NRO did and whatever responses may or may not have been sent, however, remain outside the scope of my request. As for identifying the records, there are a limited number of offices and points of contact that your Agency maintains with Congress and Other Government Agencies. This makes the search reasonable.

From: National Reconnaissance Office

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

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