Settlement of FOIA Suit


I am happy to announce that the government and I have settled the case pending in Dallas Federal Court regarding the many outstanding FOIA requests.  Until the settlement the status was that the SecretService and DHS had been dismissed by the trial Court, and I had filed notice of appeal.  Before dismissing the Secret Service and DHS, I had asked the Court to award my attorney fees which were in excess of $111,000.00.  The Judge ruled that I had met the first part of the test for award of my attorney fees, indicating that I had “substantially prevailed” in the underlying case.  However he ruled that there was no “public interest” served by getting these documents.  In order to contest that ruling I filed notice of an appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but had to file that “pro se” as I was unwilling to incur additional attorney fees for the appeal.  The OIG was still a party to the suit in District Court, and they were still producing documents.  Their attorney estimated that it would take 13 more months to complete production, even though the court had previously ordered production of all responsive records by the end of April.

We were ordered to attend mediation by the trial Court, and our mediator was a magistrate who works for the District court.  We attended mediation the end of August, and it took several weeks after that to reach a settlement agreement that was acceptable to both myself and the government.  The settlement agreement has been signed.  Although the agreement requires the government to pay my attorney fees, they have 30 days to complete payment.  Payment has not yet been made, so I am hesitant to report in full some of the things I learned as part of the information conveyed as part of the settlement negotiations.  The settlement agreement has no confidentiality provision, so I am free to report everything once the payment has been made.

Here are the answers to questions you probably have:

  1.  There were no documents indicating a connection between Todd Palin, prostitutes, and David Chaney.  However the government confirmed that Merek Shaeffer, the agent I personally contacted before the testimony of Mark Sullivan, and who took statements from Shailey Tripp, did NO independent investigation of the allegations.  In other documents produced, it was specifically stated that the Secret Service was trying to position itself to give the Director “Plausible Deniability” regarding the history of bad acts of Secret Service agents.  Thus the fact that Mr. Shaeffer did no investigation would be consistent with an attempt to cover up any wrong doing on the part of David  Chaney or other agents.
  2. While the government redacted the names of all agents referenced in any documents produced, it was clear to me that the documents that were produced indicated confirmation the David Chaney has used prostitutes before the Cartagena incident on at least two previous times.  There was a specific reference to use of prostitutes in 08, and 09.
  3. No polygraph statement of David Chaney was ever taken, regarding any use of prostitutes.  While he denied having attended a meeting with Todd Palin and Shailey Tripp, or meeting Shailey Tripp for sexual services, that denial was not in the form of a polygraph statement.  Chaney originally said he would take a polygraph, and withing the period of one or two hours changed his mind, and refused to give a polygraph.  Let me remind you that Shailey Tripp reported that she gave more than one polygraph to the National Enquirer before the ran the story about Todd Palin being her pimp.

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I will report further on the information I obtained from the government after payment is made of my attorney fees.  I am not finished with this attempt to uncover corruption, cover-up,and coercion.  I have been in touch with the Congressional oversight committee and have provided information to them.  I remain hopeful that they will schedule a hearing regarding the conduct of the Secret Service not only with regard  to Colombia, the many misdeeds, but also their attempts to cover up information with regard to this FOIA matter.

With regard to the issue of whether there is a public interest in this information, please remember this:

 

31 thoughts on “Settlement of FOIA Suit

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  1. Yes!!!!
    Malia, you solved the philosophical question of an irresistible force vs. an unmovable object! Patience and persistence prevail. You are an inspiration for all who fight the red tape governments throw up to hide wrongdoing.

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    1. aj,
      The time delay and the unbridled use and abuse of power is frightening. I hope there will be a Congressional hearing to bring this abuse to light.

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      1. And yet here we are, with a democrat running who has abused everything in the world to reach the point she’s at in her career. This leads me to think she asked Trump to run because without him, Hitler’s great nephew who wears only red and black would win over her.

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      2. sickofshitty government.
        All I can say is that I feel your pain! Hillary has so many failings,…just not as many as Trump.

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      3. How many of Hilary’s “failings” would be overlooked in a man? As a woman “of a certain age” I’m tired of the impossible expectations for a woman (and she’s still criticized for “sounding like my mother in law”) while men get a pass.

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  2. It is great to see some media coverage validating the worth of your work and the courage and determination which propelled your research. Waiting for further results. Thank you for your service to democracy.

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  3. Congratulations. Tenacity paid off, literally. There should be substantial interest due on that amount if they do not pay in a timely manner. At the rate the IRS charges taxpayers…

    From the above, it looks like there will be another extensive batch of documents produced by OIG? 13 months for that is a travesty of the law.

    You are a national treasure.

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    1. A nonymouse,
      No that’s why they were willing to pay my fees to stop having to produce documents. I explain more after the fees are paid. Because Idon’t trust them to do what is required under the settlement agreement, I waiting to disclose more.

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      1. U missed the point. So U say that corruption was uncovered but to what end? Is anyone being held accountable ? The government is going to pay ur fees, but what or who was held accountable in addition to that.
        As far as I can see, ZIP.
        Believe me, there is no trolling here. Just an honest inquiry as to exactly what U accomplished. (beside the fees, which was a crap shoot at best)
        Your readers attacking someone for a logical question is somewhat absurd.
        G. Rice needs to look up the word “criticizing” and how it does or doesn’t square with “inquiry”. In my neighborhood, we have learned to differentiate between the two. Calling people names is rather childish. Unless ur last name is TRUMP.
        Have a good rest of ur day.

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    1. @im sick Why didn’t you attempt to research your own project instead of criticizing Malia? Trolling must be addictive in your neighborhood.

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      1. G Rice,
        The funny thing is that im slick indicates that the Palins are monitoring the sight to determine if there is evidence of Todd’s business. They should be worried!

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    2. I feel the same way, im slick. It all went away. Malia got her attorney fees, ie, nuisance resolution. You pay for pest control, but you feel great about spending that money to resolve the nuisance. Big whoop for us. And here’s the money line: There were no documents indicating a connection between Todd Palin, prostitutes, and David Chaney. We’ve all been had. Shailey Tripp is a big fat liar.

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      1. Pat,
        I absolutely didn’t reach the conclusion that Shailey has lied. Quite to the contrary! While Chaney said he never met Tripp he refused to take a lie detector test, and S”hailey did. “Chaney’s supervisor indicated that he hoped the story didn’t have “legs”. Thus the supervisor was encouraging Chaney to deny the allegations. Merek Shaffer who was the agent who took the statements from Tripp did NO investigation…for example he didn’t take statements from the other two agents assigned to Palin in Alaska. The absence of the investigation tells me thestory was true. Once again the Secret Service was looking for “plausible deniability.”

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      2. The absence of the investigation tells me the tale was simply too tall. But no matter. It all went away and you got your fees.

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      3. I heard you, Pat – got it.
        This is me, but I come to this blog largely because I trust Malia’s cranial legal brain AND her emotional brain, her emotional gut, her “second brain” – the one that gets us out of harm’s way, or puts us in situations for positive transformation. There simply would be no life without that second brain in our guts. People can misspend a lifetime operating solely from their cranial brain, and frankly, left unattended or with its’ own hall pass, that’s the brain of denial, of an inability to see what is right in front of us.

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      4. Jason,
        Thanks for your support! It is amazing to me that there are so many bloggers, and reporters,who talk a lot, and fail to act. At least I’m trying to make a difference, and with what is already disclosed, it is clear that the Secret Service is fatally flawed, and needs to be totally disbanned and started a new. It is dangerous for our leaders and foreign visitors to be guarded by a group so corrupt and so focused on their own survival instead of their protective mission. If they are corrupt then there is no accountability in government as they protect the most important people in government. If they are corrupt there is no accountability. As it turns out this is much bigger than Todd Palin or Shailey Tripp. We make a mistake to think that this quest was a failure because Chaney didn’t implicate Todd. The very fact that he lied and there was a cover up is totally consistent with the culture of the Secret Service, and I’d expect this type of behavior. Think about the cover-up of the agents who were drunk and drove into the area of the bomb scare at the White House. Tapes disappeared. The director simply focused on plausible deniability instead of trying to shine a light on the inappropriate behavior of the agents involved. It is systemic! I am still trying to get a Congressional hearing on the documents.

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  4. “Heroic”, with “guts and courage”, perfect descriptions of Malia and her efforts and tenacity. Congratulations Malia and thank you for all of your hard work!

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  5. Do you feel like you are the colorado river, the US government is the colorado plateau, and you just finished the grand canyon? Way to go! Don’t f— with Malia.

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  6. Do you feel like you are the colorado river, and the US gov is the colorado plateau and you just finished carving the grand canyon? Way to go! Don’t
    f— with Malia!

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    1. Sharon,
      You should know that it is the readers of this blog that helped me get my attorney fees. You demonstrated a “public interest” in the information. Thank you!

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