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FOIA Appeal (Exhibits): CREW: DOJ-Criminal Division: Regarding Jerry Lewis Investigation: 3/18/11

FOIA Appeal (Exhibits): CREW: DOJ-Criminal Division: Regarding Jerry Lewis Investigation: 3/18/11

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On March 18, 2011, CREW filed an administrative appeal from the refusal of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division to provide any records related to their investigations of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Emeritus Jerry Lewis (R-CA), including documents that would answer why Rep. Lewis was not criminally prosecuted despite evidence he violated the law.
On March 18, 2011, CREW filed an administrative appeal from the refusal of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division to provide any records related to their investigations of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Emeritus Jerry Lewis (R-CA), including documents that would answer why Rep. Lewis was not criminally prosecuted despite evidence he violated the law.

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EXHIBITA
 
CREW
I
citizensforresponsibilityandethicsinwashington
January24,2011
Byfacsimile:202-514-6117
Rena
Y.
KimChief,FOrA/PASectionCriminalDivisionU.S.DepartmentofJusticeSuite1127,KeeneyBuilding950PennsylvaniaAvenue,N.W.Washington,D.C.20530-0001
Re:FreedomofInformationActRequest
DearMs.
Kim:
CitizensforResponsibilityandEthicsinWashington("CREW")makesthisrequestforrecords,regardlessofformat,medium,orphysicalcharacteristics,andincludingelectronicrecordsandinformation,audiotapes,videotapesandphotographs,pursuanttotheFreedomofInformationAct("FOrA"),5U.S.C.§§552,
etseq.,
andU.S.DepartmentofJusticeCDOJ")regulations,28C.F.R.Part16.Specifically,CREWrequestsallrecordsrelatedtotheinvestigationofRep.JerryLewis(R-CA)conductedbyDOJandtheFederalBureauofInvestigation("FBI")thatarenotcoveredbygrandjurysecrecypursuanttoRule6(e)oftheFederalRulesofCriminalProcedure,includingbutnotlimitedtoDOJ'sdecisionnottobringcriminalchargesagainsthim.Asreportedpublicly,in2006DOJ,theFBI,andotherlawenforcementagencieslaunchedaninvestigationofRep.Lewisfocusedonhisconductinobtainingmillionsofdollarsinearmarksforclientsoflobbyingfirmsrunbyhisformercolleaguesandstaffmembers.
See
AshleyPowers
&
RichardSimon,SanBernardinoCountvRecordsArcSubpoenaed,
LosAngelesTimes,
June3,2006(attachedasExhibit
A).
OnDecember3,2010,aspokesmanfortheU.S.Attorney'sOfficefortheCentralDistrictofCaliforniaannouncedDOJhadcloseditsinvestigationintoRep.Lewis'sconduct.
See
RichardSimon,FederalinquiryofRep.Lewisdropped,
LosAngelesTimes,
December4,2010(attachedasExhibitB).Pleasesearchforresponsiverecordsregardlessofformat,medium,orphysicalcharacteristics.Wherepossible,pleaseproducerecordselectronically,inPDForTIFformatonaCD-ROM.Weseekrecordsofanykind,includingelectronicrecords,audiotapes,videotapes,andphotographs.Ourrequestincludesanyletters,emails,facsimiles,telephonemessages,voicemailmessages,andtranscripts,notes,orminutesofanymeetings,telephoneconversations,ordiscussions.Ourrequestalsoincludesanyattachmentstotheserecords.Ifitisyourpositionthatanyportionoftherequestedrecordsisexemptfromdisclosure,
1400EyeStreet,N.w.,Suite450,Washington,D.C.2Cl005
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202.408.5565phone
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202.588.502Clfax
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Rena
Y,
KimJanuary24,2011Page2CREWrequeststhatyouprovideitwithanindexofthosedocumentsasrequiredunder
Vaughn
v.
Rosen,
484F,2d820(D,C.Cir.1973),
cert.denied,
415U.S,977(1972),Asyouareaware,a
Vaughn
indexmustdescribeeachdocumentclaimedasexemptwithsufficientspecificity"topermitareasonedjudgmentastowhetherthematerialisactuallyexemptunderFOIA."
FoundingChurchofScientology
ii,
Bell,
603F,2d945,949(D,C,Cir.1979),Moreover,the
Vaughn
indexmust"describeeachdocumentorportionthereofwithheld,andfor
each
withholdingitmustdiscusstheconsequencesofsupplyingthesought-afterinformation,"
King
v,
Us.
Dep
't
ofJustice,
830F,2d210,223-24(D,C,Cir.1987)(emphasisadded),Further,"thewithholdingagencymustsupply'arelativelydetailedjustification,specificallyidentifyingthereasonswhyaparticularexemptionisrelevantandcorrelatingthoseclaimswiththeparticularpartofawithhelddocumenttowhichtheyapply,'"
ld.
at224(citing
MeadDataCentral
\I,
Us.
Dep
't
oftheAirForce,
566F,2d242,251(D,C,Cir,1977)),Intheeventsomeportionsoftherequestedrecordsareproperlyexemptfromdisclosure,pleasediscloseanyreasonablysegregablenon-exemptportionsoftherequestedrecords,
See5
U,S,C,§552(b),Ifitisyourpositionthatadocumentcontainsnon-exemptsegments,butthatthosenon-exemptsegmentsaresodispersedthroughoutthedocumentastomakesegregationimpossible,pleasestatewhatportionofthedocumentisnon-exempt,andhowthematerialisdispersedthroughoutthedocument.
MeadDataCentral,
566F,2dat261.Claimsofnonsegregabilitymustbemadewiththesamedegreeofdetailasrequiredforclaimsofexemptionsina
Vaughn
index,Ifarequestisdeniedinwhole,pleasestatespecificallythatitisnotreasonabletosegregateportionsoftherecordforrelease,Finally,CREWwelcomestheopportunitytodiscusswithyouwhetherandtowhatextentthisrequestcanbenarrowedormodifiedtobetterenableDOJtoprocessitwithintheFOrA'sdeadlines,AdamJ,Rappaport,theCREWattorneyhandlingthismatter,canbereachedat(202)408-5565orarappapOlt@citizensforethics,org,
FeeWaiverRequest
Inaccordancewith5U.S,c.§552(a)(4)(A)(iii)and28C,F,R,§16,11(k),CREWrequestsawaiveroffeesassociatedwithprocessingthisrequestforrecords,Thesubjectofthisrequestconcernstheoperationsofthefederalgovernmentandexpenditures,andthedisclosureswilllikelycontributetoabetterunderstandingofrelevantgovernmentproceduresbyCREWandthegeneralpublicinasignificantway,Moreover,therequestisprimarilyandfundamentallyfornon-commercialpurposes,5U.S,C,§552(a)(4)(A)(iii),
See,e.g.,lvfcClellanEcological
v,
Carlucci,
835F,2d1282,1285(9thCir.1987),TheserecordsarelikelytocontributetogreaterpublicawarenessofallegedmalfeasanceandpossiblecriminalbehaviorbyRep,Lewisandwhy,despitethisapparentmalfeasance,DO]refusedtoprosecuteRep,Lewis,Rep,Lewis,amemberoftheHouseAppropriationsCommittee

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