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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Doesn't a public official like Barack Obama have to release personal documents based on the Freedom of Information Act?

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July 31, 2016 4:08PM

It depends on which documents. If you are asking about his college records, he is under no obligation to release them-- they are protected, as are mine and yours, by a 1974 federal privacy law called FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act). If you are asking about government records, those that are not considered classified can be released; journalists often file Freedom of Information requests when a government official refuses to make such documents available.