ALLEN, RICHARD: INVESTIGATION OF

 

SCOPE NOTE

 

In September 1981, it was discovered that Richard V. Allen, the Advisor to the President for National Security Affairs and head of the National Security Council, had made some questionable transactions with journalists early in the Reagan administration. Allen came into possession of a $1,000 gratuity paid in cash from a Japanese magazine, intended for Nancy Reagan in exchange for an interview she had given. According to his explanation he handed the money to his secretary and she placed the money in a White House safe. Allen then reportedly forgot about it. Also, it was belatedly discovered that around the same time, Allen had accepted three expensive watches as personal gifts from Japanese friends who were high-level governmental consultants. The first investigation of Allen’s actions was conducted by the FBI in late September 1981.

 

Continued press interest in the issue resulted in an additional investigation conducted by the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in late November 1981 and resulted in an additional report on December 7, 1981. Despite the release of this report, public questions and media interest still continued.  Finally, the President asked White House Counsel Fred Fielding to conduct an internal ethics violation investigation of the transactions. The White House Counsel’s Office issued a report in January 3, 1982. Although Allen was never officially charged with any wrong-doing, he was forced to resign after the investigation ended.

 

WHORM SUBJECT FILES

         

FE010-01       casefile 119639

 

WHITE HOUSE STAFF AND OFFICE FILES

 

Counsel to the President, White House Office of: Investigations

Series I: Investigation of Richard V. Allen, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1981

          Box 1

          [Records re FBI Allen Investigation, 09/22/1981 (Luttig Copy)]

          [Records re FBI Allen Investigation, 09/22/1981 (Goldfield Copy)]

          [Records re FBI Allen Investigation, 09/22/1981 (Haller Copy)]

          RVA – Common Cause

          Allen, Richard V. [re: Financial Disclosure Report] (1)-(3)

          RVA – Response to Shufu no Tomo Questions – February 1981

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981 (Luttig Copy)] (1)(2)

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981 (Goldfield Copy)] (1)(2)

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981 (Haller Copy)] (1)(2)

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981-11/30/1981 (Luttig Copy] (1)-(3)

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981-11/30/1981 (Goldfield Copy]

                   (1)-(3)

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981-11/30/1981 (Haller Copy] (1)

 

          Box 2

          [Records re: FBI/DOJ Allen Investigation, 11/27/1981-11/30/1981 (Haller Copy] (2)(3)

          Allen, Richard V./Contacts between White House and DOJ (1)(2)

          RVA - $1000 Honorarium

          RVA – Gifts

          RVA – Sale of Potomac International to Hannaford (Empty)

          RVA – Contacts w/Clients of Potomac & Hannaford (Empty)

          RVA – SF-278 – Errors and Omissions (Empty)

          RVA – Transition (Empty)

          Allen, R.V. – White House Statements

          [Records re DOJ Allen Investigation, 12/07/1981 (Luttig Copy)] (1)(1)

          [Records re DOJ Allen Investigation, 12/07/1981 (Goldfield Copy)] (1)(2)

          [Records re DOJ Allen Investigation, 12/07/1981 (Haller Copy)] (1)(2)

          Allen, Richard V. [Notes/Memos to File – Richard Hauser, 11/23/1981-12/10/1981]

          RVA – Correspondence/General

          [RVA – Initial Investigation Reports]

          [Working Papers re Counsel’s Office Review of Potential Richard V. Allen Ethics

Violations] (1)(2)

          Document No. 1 (Document No. 19 is identical) [07/06/1981 Memo, William Brock to

the Trade Policy Committee]

          Document No. 3 [re 07/24/1981 and 07/07/1981 Trade Policy Committee Meeting]

          Document No. 3 [re 07/24/1981 and 07/07/1981 Trade Policy Committee Meeting

 – not same as previous No. 3 document]

          Document No. 5 [Cable]

          Document No. 6 [07/27/1981, Memo John William to Carl Jacobsen]

          Document No. 6 [07/27/1981 Memo – not same as previous No. 6]

          Document No. 7 [re FIRA – Foreign Investment Agency]

         

          Box 3

          Document Nos. 12 and 16 (Same Document) [re Canadian Foreign Investment Policy]

          Document No. 13 [re 07/23/1981 Cabinet Council Economic Affairs Meeting]

          Document No. 14 [re Foreign, especially Canadian, Investment in U.S.]

          Document No. 15 [re Mineral Land Leasing Act of 1920]

          Document No. 25 (Similar to document Nos 12 & 16) [re Canadian Foreign Investment

                    Policy]

          [Unnumbered Document re: Protection of Intelligence, ND011-01, 023789]

          [Unnumbered Document re: Mass Immigration Emergency Plan]

          [Allen Investigation re: Allen Contacts – Notes, Interviews & Documents] (1)-(5)

          [RVA – Interrogatories – Questions], 12/23/1981

          RVA – FBI Reports

          Memo to RVA, 12/26/1981

          [RVA – Counsel’s Office Review, 12/26/1981]

          RVA Interrogatories – Contacts

          RVA Interrogatories – Gifts (1)(2)

          RVA Interrogatories – Sale of Potomac

          RVA – Interrogatories

          [RVA – Interrogatories – Answers]

          [RVA – Counsel’s Office re: Contacts – Summary Drafts]

          RVA – Summaries

          [Allen Investigation – Gifts] (1)-(4)

         

          Box 4

          [Allen Investigation – Gifts] (5)

          RVA – Newsclippings

          [Newspaper Articles re Allen Investigation] (1)-(5)

          [Allen Investigation – Gifts] Potomac International/Contact w/Clients – News Clippings

          Report of the Office of Counsel to the President Regarding the Richard V. Allen

                   Matter (Original without Appendices) (1)(2)

          [Report of the Office of Counsel to the President Regarding the Richard V. Allen

                   Matter] (1)-(4)

          [RVA – Press Release, 01/04/1982]

          Richard Allen [H.P. Goldfield Notes/Memo]

          RVA – Disposition of $1000 Honorarium

 

Gergen, David: Files

          OA 7887

          Allen, Richard/Japan

 

          OA 10531

          [Correspondence and Memos 1982] Dick Allen

 

Gift Unit, White House: Records

          OA 19419

          Allen

 

Goldfield, H.P.: Files

          OA 9707

          Allen, Richard V.

 

Hauser, Richard: Files

          OA 6195

          Allen, Richard V. (FOIA Request) (1)(2)

 

          OA 10600

Report of the Office of the Counsel to the President Regarding the Richard V. Allen Investigation  (1)(2)

 

Kimmitt, Robert: Files

          Box 90307

          Legal: Allen, Richard  (1)-(3)

 

Luttig, Michael: Files

          OA 10019

          Allen, Richard V.  (1)(2)

 

Meese, Edwin: Files

          CFOA 127

          Allen, Richard

 

Rusthoven, Peter J.: Files

          OA 11406

          Allen, Richard V.

 

Speakes, Larry: Files

          OA 13879

Allen, Richard [Justice Department Investigation of – November 1981-December 1981]

 

Waller, David: Files

          OA 5144

          Richard V. Allen (1)-(5)

 

          OA 12688

          Subject File [October 1983; Tabs 30-35] (Tab 35 Relevant)

                   FOIA Request re: Riachrd Allen, 10/31/1983

 

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