Interview with Allan Favish about FOIA law and the Vince Foster case


I spoke with Allan Favish about his experience working on a FOIA suit, National Archives and Records Administration v. Favish, where Favish argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for release of photos depicting the death of Vince Foster.

We cover the details of the death of Foster and why the government’s underlying investigatory record is fatally flawed. We also discuss the media’s role in not responsibly covering the Foster case and how that spurred on the growth of independent media.

Show notes and links:

Allan Favish’s website: petition to re-open the Foster investigation:

Allan Favish’s 5/31/16 American Thinker article:

Miguel Rodriguez memo on about 11/29/94 meeting concerning Foster death investigation:

Miguel Rodriguez resignation letter on

Miguel Rodriguez page on which includes links to audio of Rodriguez talking about how reporters wouldn’t cover the Foster case:

“DC” Dave Martin’s website which includes links to his indispensable weekly columns as well as a six-part essay comparing and contrasting the Foster death investigation to the Dreyfus Affair:

20-page addendum to the Starr report added against Starr’s vociferous objection that details witness Patrick Knowlton’s involvement in the Foster case and his subsequent harassment by federal authorities:

Supreme Court opinion in NARA v. Favish:

Report of medical examiner Donald Haut where there is an alteration on page one and an inconsistent description of the fatal wound with respectively page one calling it a gunshot wound mouth-head and page two saying it was a gunshot wound mouth-neck:

Photos released as a result of Favish’s FOIA suit showing Foster’s car and other items from the death scene:

C-Span coverage of impromptu press conference by Favish following his argument of NARA v. Favish at the Supreme Court on 12/6/03:

Hugh Sprunt’s Citizen Independent Report on

Radio interview of the “confidential witness” who was officially the first person to discover Foster’s body explaining that he did not see a gun in Foster’s hands:

2013 U.S. Park Police report showing that they’d only been involved in one homicide investigation from 2009 – 2013:

Philip Weiss’ New York Times piece “Clinton Crazy” where Weiss talked to Hugh Sprunt and came away believing that the official story of the Foster death was untrue:

Philip Weiss’ segment on This American Life detailing why he stopped investigating the Foster case because of work and family pressure despite believing that the official story was incorrect: