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Press Release
August 11, 2005

Reagan Library to Open Additional Records Relating to Judge John Roberts

WHAT: 5,383 pages from the records of the Staff Member Office Files of John G. Roberts Files, 1982-1986, will be opened. The remaining Roberts’ documents will be opened as soon as possible.

Judge Roberts was an Associate Counsel to the President during the Reagan Administration. The Reagan Library staff has identified approximately 50,000 pages of records related to Judge Roberts. 4,864 of these pages have already been opened in response to previous FOIA requests.

WHERE: These records will be available in two formats:

  • The Research Room at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA will open reference copies of the documents.

  • CDs of these records will be available for the media to pick up simultaneously at the Reagan Library and at the Public Affairs office at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Only one CD per news organization.

WHEN: This group of records from the Reagan Library will be open to the public at 11 AM EST/ 8 AM PST on Monday, August 15, 2005.

BACKGROUND: The requirements for review and release of Presidential records are established by the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and Executive Order 13233. This process is very labor-intensive and requires that National Archives staff conduct a page by page, word for word review of all records in order to protect, as required by law, sensitive information such as national security, personal privacy and law enforcement information. Following the National Archives review, by law, both the representatives of the former and the incumbent Presidents must have an opportunity to review all of the records, to determine if any of them are subject to a constitutionally-based privilege and whether such privilege will be asserted.

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For further information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Office at 202-501-5526.

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