It comes as no surprise, as celebrities and gangsters were being watched — so were the politicians. The following is a list of released records.
|Acheson, Dean [587 Pages, 143MB] – Dean Gooderham Acheson (April 11, 1893 – October 12, 1971) was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War. Acheson helped design the Marshall Plan and was a key player in the development of the Truman Doctrine and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.|
|Agnew, Spiro [1,454 Pages, 65.05MB] – Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) was a Maryland politician and U.S. vice president from 1968 to 1973. He resigned as vice president and later pleaded no contest to tax evasion charges pursued by the IRS; the FBI investigated him for bribery, but he was not prosecuted on that charge. This release consists of FBI records concerning the bribery investigation as well as threats made against Agnew. It ranges between 1969 and 1986 (mostly between 1969 and 1973).|
|Alexander, Donald – [328 Pages, 125.3 MB] – Donald Crichton Alexander (May 22, 1921 – February 2, 2009) was a tax lawyer and Nixon administration official. Alexander was appointed Commissioner of Internal Revenue by President Richard Nixon in May 1973, and was replaced in February 1977, early in the Jimmy Carter administration.|
Anderson, Wendell [13 Pages, 1.8MB] – Wendell Richard “Wendy” Anderson (February 1, 1933 – July 17, 2016) was an American politician and the 33rd governor of Minnesota, serving from January 4, 1971, to December 29, 1976. In late 1976, he resigned as governor in order to be appointed to the U.S. Senate after Senator Walter Mondale was elected Vice President of the United States. Anderson served in the Senate from December 30, 1976, to December 29, 1978 (after losing the 1978 Senate election to Rudy Boschwitz, he resigned a few days before the end of his term to give Boschwitz seniority).
Although the FBI said that files were destroyed relating to Anderson, I did dig up some that were at the National Archives.
|Bell, George Tillson [115 Pages, 56.5MB] – George T. Bell (January 21, 1913 – March 4, 1973) was a former special assistant to President Richard Nixon. He wrote the Nixon’s Enemies List compiled by Charles Colson. Before joining the President’s staff, Bell worked for General Electric and was later President of Geonautics, Inc., an engineering research company. When questioned about Nixon’s infamous “enemies list,” Colson told the House Subcommittee Investigating the Watergate scandal that the “late George Bell” was responsible for the master list of Nixon political opponents. Bell died in Washington, D.C. following a long illness.|
|Black, Hugo – [ File #1 | File #2 ] – Hugo Black was a U. S. Senator from 1927 until 1937. He was appointed an Associate Supreme Court Justice in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Shortly before his death in 1971, he resigned from the Supreme Court. The FBI records reflect several threats against Justice Black, as well as cordial correspondence between him and FBI Director Hoover and numerous newspaper articles.|
| Bodman, Samuel – FBI Release #1 – [399 Pages, 14MB]
Bodman, Samuel – FBI Release #2 – [273 Pages, 10.1MB] – Samuel Wright Bodman III (November 26, 1938 – September 7, 2018) was an American politician, who was the 11th United States Secretary of Energy serving during the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009. He was also at different times the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. In December 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the Energy Secretary and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw the security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees.
|Boggs, Sr., Thomas Hale [399 Pages, 23.9MB] – Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (February 15, 1914 – presumably October 16, 1972 but not declared dead until January 3, 1973) was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the House majority leader and a member of the Warren Commission. In 1972, while he was still majority leader, the twin engine airplane in which Boggs was traveling disappeared over a remote section of Alaska. The airplane presumably crashed and was never found. Congressman Nick Begich, of Alaska, was also presumed killed in the same accident.|
Brady, James [19 Pages, 9.5MB] – James Scott “Jim” Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the U.S. President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control. On August 8, 2014, Brady’s death was ruled a homicide, 33 years after the gunshot wound he received in 1981.
The FBI does admit Brady has a file, but it was either lost or destroyed, and they could not come up with material. The documents listed here is the entire FOIA Case File to show the behind the scenes communications at the FBI attempting to locate the records.
| Brown, Pat [495 Pages, 33.5MB] FBI Vault Release – Note: PDF File has bookmarks that differentiate the different releases by the FBI.
Brown, Pat [74 Pages, 33.5MB] FBI Release #2 (Not on The Vault) – Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown Sr. (April 21, 1905 – February 16, 1996) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 32nd Governor of California from 1959 to 1967. Born in San Francisco, Brown had an early interest in speaking and politics; he earned a law degree in 1927, and subsequently began legal practice. As district attorney for San Francisco, he was elected Attorney General of California in 1950 before becoming the state’s governor in 1959. As governor, Brown embarked on massive projects building important infrastructure and redefined the state’s higher education system. While running twice for President in 1960 and 1964, finishing second and first in the primaries, respectively, he was never a serious contender in the national conventions. While losing his bid for a third term in 1966 to future President Ronald Reagan, his legacy earns him regard as the builder of modern California. His son Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. was the 34th and is currently the 39th Governor of California; his daughter, Kathleen Brown, was the 29th California State Treasurer.
|Burger, Warren Earl [91 Pages, 20.5MB] – Warren Earl Burger (September 17, 1907 – June 25, 1995) was the 15th Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1986. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Burger graduated from the St. Paul College of Law in 1931. He helped secure the Minnesota delegation’s support for Dwight D. Eisenhower at the 1952 Republican National Convention. After Eisenhower won the 1952 presidential election, he appointed Burger to the position of Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division. In 1956, Eisenhower appointed Burger to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Burger served on this court until 1969 and became known as a critic of the Warren Court. Please Note: There are approximately 19,250 pages remaining, which cost $580 to receive on CD-ROM. I am unable to pay these charges, but if anyone wants to sponsor this release, please contact me.|
|Bush, Prescott Sheldon [50 Pages, 27MB] – Prescott Sheldon Bush Sr. (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) was an American banker and politician. After working as a Wall Street executive investment banker, he represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1952 to 1963. A member of the Bush family, he is the father of President George H. W. Bush and the grandfather of President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush. Bush won election to the Senate in a 1952 special election, narrowly defeating Democratic nominee Abraham Ribicoff. In the Senate, Bush staunchly supported President Dwight D. Eisenhower and helped enact legislation to create the Interstate Highway System. Bush won re-election in 1956 but declined to seek re-election in 1962, retiring from the Senate the following year.|
Byrd, Robert [757 Pages, 16.24MB] – Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving U.S. Senator and, at the time of his death, the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.
This release consists of a large file of FBI correspondence with the Senator and his office over a long period of time and numerous smaller files dealing with threats and other criminal acts directed against the Senator. The material in these files ranges in date from 1955-2003.
|Cannon, Howard [133 Pages, 46.8MB] – Howard Walter Cannon (January 26, 1912 – March 5, 2002) was an American politician. He served as a United States senator from Nevada from 1959 until 1983 as a member of the Democratic Party. The FBI states there are 4,877 pages of records total, and what is available here on The Black Vault is only the first 100 pages. To receive the files in their entirety, it will take $140.|
|Cazares, Gabriel [133 Pages, 5MB] – Gabriel “Gabe” Cazares (January 31, 1920 – September 29, 2006) was a mayor of Clearwater, Florida, a Pinellas County commissioner, a civil rights advocate, and a critic of the Church of Scientology. He died September 29, 2006 in Clearwater at the age of 86.|
|Cermak, Anton [306 Pages, 148.8MB] – Anton Joseph “Tony” Cermak (May 9, 1873 – March 6, 1933) was an American politician who served as the 34th mayor of Chicago, Illinois from April 7, 1931 until his death on March 6, 1933 from complications of an assassination attempt nearly a month earlier.|
|Christopher, George [290 Pages, 168.7MB] – George Christopher (December 8, 1907 – September 14, 2000) was a Greek-American politician, and the 34th Mayor of San Francisco, serving in that office from January 1956 until January 1964. He is to date the last Republican to be elected mayor of San Francisco; all San Francisco mayors since he left office have been Democrats.|
|Clark, Thomas C. [1,841 Pages, 100MB] – Thomas Campbell Clark (September 23, 1899 – June 13, 1977) was an American lawyer who served as the 59th United States Attorney General from 1945 to 1949. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1949 to 1967. Born in Dallas, Texas, Clark graduated from the University of Texas School of Law after serving in World War I. He practiced law in Dallas until 1937, when he accepted a position in the United States Department of Justice. After Harry S. Truman became President of the United States in 1945, he chose Clark as his Attorney General. In 1949, Truman successfully nominated Clark to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Associate Justice Frank Murphy. Clark remained on the court until his retirement in 1967, and was succeeded by Thurgood Marshall. Clark retired so that his son, Ramsey Clark, could assume the position of Attorney General. Clark served on the Vinson Court and the Warren Court. He voted with the Court’s majority in the several cases concerning racial segregation, including the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. He wrote the majority opinion in landmark Mapp v. Ohio, which ruled that the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures applies to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. He also wrote the majority opinion in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, which upheld the public accommodations provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the majority opinions in Garner v. Board of Public Works, Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, and Abington School District v. Schempp.|
|Colson, Charles Wendell [64 Pages, 35.9MB] – Charles “Chuck” W. Colson (1931-2012) served as an official in the Nixon Administration and later was a well known Christian speaker and founder of a non-profit organization called the Prison Fellowship. He pled guilty to Watergate related charges in 1974 and served a brief federal prison sentence. This FOIA release covers the FBI’s background investigation into Colson’s appointment for a position in the White House. There is no connection in this material to Watergate or Colson’s later career.|
| Connally, John B. – FBI Release #1 – [928 Pages, 419.6MB]
Connally, John B. – FBI Release #2 – [245 Pages, 10.5MB] – John Bowden Connally, Jr. (February 27, 1917 – June 15, 1993), was an American politician. As a Democrat he served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy, as the 39th Governor of Texas, and as Secretary of the Treasury under President Richard Nixon. While Governor of Texas, he was seriously wounded when President Kennedy was assassinated. As Treasury Secretary, Connally is best remembered for removing the U.S. dollar from the gold standard in 1971, an event known as the Nixon shock. In 1973 he switched parties to become a Republican, and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for President in 1980.
|Cox, James Middleton [19 Pages, 3.4MB] – James Middleton Cox (March 31, 1870 – July 15, 1957) was the 46th and 48th Governor of Ohio, a U.S. Representative from Ohio, and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in the election of 1920. He founded the chain of newspapers that continues today as Cox Enterprises, a media conglomerate.|
|Crutcher, John [256 Pages, 15MB] – John William Crutcher (December 19, 1916 – March 13, 2017) was an American politician. Crutcher served in the Kansas State Senate from 1953 to 1957. He was the 35th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1965 to 1969. Crutcher served as Commissioner of the Postal Rate Commission from 1982 to 1993, and as a member of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. He was an alumnus of the University of Kansas (1940) and a veteran of the United States Navy and United States Naval Reserve.|
|Denton, Jeremiah [139 Pages, 63.8MB] – Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr. (July 15, 1924 – March 28, 2014) was a U.S. Senator representing Alabama from 1981 to 1987, a United States Navy Rear Admiral, and Naval Aviator taken captive during the Vietnam War.|
|Dickstein, Samuel [85 Pages, 24.9MB] – Samuel Dickstein (February 5, 1885 – April 22, 1954) was a Democratic Congressional Representative from New York (22-year tenure) and a New York State Supreme Court Justice. He played a key role in establishing the committee that would become the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which he used to attack fascists, including Nazi sympathizers, and suspected communists. In 1999, authors Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev learned that Soviet files indicate that Dickstein was a paid agent of the NKVD.|
|Dies, Martin – This Congressman from Texas was known as the founder of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The FBI file contains correspondence between him and J. Edgar Hoover, as well as the results of investigations regarding potential extortion violations.|
|Douglas, Helen Gahagan – [475 Pages, 24.7 MB] – Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and politician. She was the third woman and first Democratic woman elected to Congress from California; her election made California one of the first two states (along with Illinois) to elect female members to the House from both parties. In the 1940s, Gahagan Douglas entered politics. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives from California’s 14th congressional district as a Democrat in 1944, and served three full terms. During this time she openly had a love affair with then Congressman (and afterwards U.S. President) Lyndon B. Johnson. Douglas was mentioned in the song “George Murphy” by satirist Tom Lehrer. The song begins, “Hollywood’s often tried to mix / show business with politics / from Helen Gahagan / to Ronald Reagan …” (Additional records may exist, which I have requested. I will update this page when that request is processed)|
| Douglas, William O. FBI Release #1 – [29 Pages, 17.1 MB]
Douglas, William O. FBI Release #2 – [26 Pages, 13.4 MB]William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was an American jurist and politician who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of 40, one of the youngest justices appointed to the court. His term, lasting 36 years and 211 days (1939–75), is the longest term in the history of the Supreme Court. Douglas holds a number of records as a Supreme Court Justice, including the most opinions. He was the 79th person appointed and confirmed to the bench of that court. In 1975 Time magazine called Douglas “the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian ever to sit on the court”.
|Dulles, Allen – [497 Pages, 295.2MB] – Allen Welsh Dulles (April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence, and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état, Operation Ajax (the overthrow of Iran’s elected government), the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration.|
| Dulles, John Foster – FBI Release #1 – [249 Pages, 161MB]
Dulles, John Foster – FBI Release #2 – [41 Pages, 31MB]John Foster Dulles (February 25, 1888 – May 24, 1959) was an American diplomat. A Republican, he served as United States Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world.
|Eagleburger, Lawrence – [727 Pages, 350.5MB] – Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (August 1, 1930 – June 4, 2011) was an American statesman and career diplomat, who served briefly as the Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. Previously, he had served in lesser capacities under Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan, and as Deputy Secretary of State under George H. W. Bush. Eagleburger is the only career Foreign Service Officer to have served as Secretary of State. (Please note: By letter dated May 16, 2018, in FOIA Case 1388820-001, the FBI informed me additional records that may have existed, have been destroyed. What you see here, is the entire collection of releasable documents).|
|Edwards, Don– [496 Pages, 102MB] – William Donlon “Don” Edwards (January 6, 1915 – October 1, 2015) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and a member of the United States House of Representatives from California.|
|Egger, Roscoe – [94 Pages, 47.1MB] – Roscoe Lynn Egger, Jr. (September 19, 1920 – October 14, 1999) served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1981 to 1986 and received the Tax Executive Institute’s Distinguished Service Award in 1986. He led the Internal Revenue Service through a tumultuous time in its history and pushed for numerous reforms in order to modernize the tax service. Roscoe L. Egger, Jr. was born in Jackson, Michigan, on September 19, 1920. He attended Indiana University for his undergraduate work before serving in the Army. His actions in Europe during World War II earned him a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Egger left the IRS in 1990 and returned to Price Waterhouse as a consultant. He retired to Green Valley, Arizona, and died at the age of 79 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on October 14, 1999, following heart surgery.|
|Ehrlichman, John Daniel – [111 Pages, 21.2MB] – John Daniel Ehrlichman (March 20, 1925 – February 14, 1999) was counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon. He was a key figure in events leading to the Watergate first break-in and the ensuing Watergate scandal, for which he was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and served a year and a half in prison.|
|Eisenhower, Dwight – [935 Pages, 170.8MB] – Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front.|
|Faubus, Orval– [11 Pages, 7MB] – Orval Eugene Faubus (January 7, 1910 – December 14, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 36th Governor of Arkansas from 1955 to 1967. In 1957, he refused to comply with a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, and ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School. This event became known as the Little Rock Crisis.|
|Feldman, Myer – [209 Pages, 9.18MB] – Myer Feldman, known as Mike Feldman (June 22, 1914 – March 1, 2007) was an American political aide in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Hailing from Philadelphia, Feldman was a trained lawyer and alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania which he attended on a scholarship. He served in the Army Air Force during the Second World War prior to joining Kennedy’s campaign trail in 1957.|
|Ferraro, Geraldine [143 Pages, 5.02MB] – Geraldine Anne Ferraro (1935-2011) was an attorney, a politician, a member of the U.S. Congress, and the first female candidate for Vice President from a major American party. This release consists of material concerning threats made against Ferraro and others, as well as an FBI investigation into allegations that Ferraro had violated campaign finance laws (no charges were ever filed).|
|Fish IV, Hamilton [64 Pages, 28.9MB] – Hamilton Fish IV or Hamilton Fish Jr. (June 3, 1926 – July 23, 1996) was a Republican politician best known as a member of the U.S. Congressional Delegation from New York. Fish was a member of the prominent Fish political family.|
|Foster, Vince [663 Pages, 31.6MB] – Vincent Foster Vincent Foster (1945-1993), a prominent lawyer from Arkansas, was the Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1991 to 1993. Depressed by critical media comments, Foster took his own life on July 20, 1993 at Fort Marcy Park in Virginia. U.S. Park Police led the investigation into Foster’s death. This release details FBI assistance in the investigation, including information concerning a letter written by Foster, handwritten case notes, and the medical examiner’s report that ruled his death a suicide.|
| Gilligan, John Joyce – [ 325 Pages, 181.84MB ]|
Release #2 (Denial of additional page) – [ 3 Pages, 0.4MB ]