The Freedom of Information Act: It sounds so powerful, as if muttering the term will grant you immediate access.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case with Freedom of Information Act, more commonly referred to as FOIA.
FOIA is to the federal government what the state’s public records law is to North Carolina, with several exceptions, that is.
The president, most notably, is exempt from FOIA. So are his cabinet and immediate staff.
So is Congress, both House and Senate. Even the Supreme Court is exempt from FOIA.