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Spiro Agnew

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). This more comprehensive release replaces the more limited one made in the 1990s that had been previously posted here on the Vault.

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (1924-2013) was a former congressman and mayor of New York City. This release consists of several files related to Koch. The bulk of the release consists of a 1977 investigation into extortion threats made against Koch that included the forgery of a letter using the then congressman’s letterhead and signature. There are parts of two other files also. The first concerns a 1973 extortion matter and the second a foreign counterintelligence matter that mentions Uruguayan military officials’ “irritation” with Koch; part of this file has been referred to another agency for release as it contains that agency’s information.

U. S. Senator Robert Byrd

Robert Carlyle Byrd (1917-2010) served as a U.S. Senator for the state of West Virginia from 1958 until his death. 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.

Hubert H. Humphrey

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (1911-1978) was a U.S. politician who served as mayor of Minneapolis, U.S. senator from Minnesota, and U.S. vice president over the course of a long public career. The more than 2,600 pages posted here were released previously under FOIA. They consist of an extensive file that details the FBI’s relationship with Humphrey from 1945 to 1974. This material contains extensive cordial corrrespondence between Humphrey and the Bureau, the results of background investigations related to Humphrey, and investigations of threats of violence against him. There is also a short file from 1970 in which the Bureau considered whether or not a perjury investigation was warranted against Humphrey or former Howard Hughes’ aide Robert Maheu; in the end, no investigation was pursued.

Senator Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy

Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy (1932-2009) served as a U.S. senator from 1962 to 2009. The files below range from 1961 to 2001. The bulk of this material concerns FBI investigations into threats of violence and extortion claims against Senator Kennedy and other public officials. Parts 1 to 18 were previously released in 2010.

Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski

Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski (1928-2010) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1959 to 1995 who served as chairman of several key committees in Congress. Following a scandal involving the House of Representatives Post Office, he pled guilty to reduced charges of mail fraud in 1996 and served 17 months in prison before receiving a presidential pardon. Parts 1-8 were released in June 2011. Parts 9-13 were released in August 2011. Parts 14-19 were added on 8/30/2011. Parts 20-27 were added on 10/4/2011

Geraldine Ferraro

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).


On June 17, 1972, several people broke into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters; they were discovered by an on-site guard and were arrested by local police. Subsequent investigations by the FBI, Congress, and the media showed that these intruders were connected to the campaign staff of President Richard Nixon. The White House under Nixon worked to cover-up this connection, and subsequent revelations led to articles of impeachment being drawn up against Nixon and his subsequent resignation in 1974. These files, released many years ago, document the FBI’s investigation into the break-in and related issues between 1972 and 1979.

Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr

Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. (1915-2011) was a politician and social reformer who served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and ran for president as a Democrat in 1976. This release consists of several FBI files concerning Shriver, including a foreign counterintelligence investigation into whether or not an acquaintance of his was a Soviet agent, background investigations conducted when he was nominated for government positions, and miscellaneous references.

Abbie Hoffman

Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (1936-1989) was a political and social activist, especially in the 1960s. The FBI investigated Hoffman under anti-riot laws and as a domestic security threat. The files in this release range from 1968 to 1973 and cover Hoffman’s role as a leader in the Yippie Party (Youth International Party), his role in anti-war protests at the 1968 Democrat National Convention in Chicago, and his subsequent trials as one of the “Chicago Eight” conspiracists.

Robert Maxwell


Vincent Foster

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.

Harry S. Truman


Claudia Johnson

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (1912-2007) was the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady of the United States. This release consists of files concerning threats against her and others. Other files in the release concern security arrangements regarding her travels. The material ranges from 1964 to 1989.

Everette Hunt

Everette Howard Hunt, Jr. (1918-2007), commonly known as E. Howard Hunt, is most known for his role in engineering the 1972 Watergate break-ins. This release consists of a 1981-1982 file concerning Hunt’s request for a presidential pardon and a special inquiry file that contains background investigations of Hunt between 1948 and 1971.

Jesse Helms

Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. (1921-2008) served as a U.S. senator from North Carolina from 1973 to 2003. This release consists mainly of FBI investigations into threats against Helms. There is also material from other types of files concerning him. These materials range from 1971 to 1999.
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