Coming to a newspaper near you… Expect to see widespread media reaction when the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) releases visitor logs to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort starting in September.
On Monday, CREW announced that ongoing litigation will force the Department of Homeland Security to turn over visitor logs to Trump’s property by Sept. 8, who in turn will make them public.
CREW, the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute sued for logs to Trump Tower, the White House and Mar-a-Lago to be released. Their lawsuit on White House logs is pending, and DHS claims to have no records for visitors to Trump Tower, according to a statement from CREW.
The Obama administration released their visitor logs starting in 2009 after a similar CREW lawsuit, but the Trump White House has refused to continue the practice.
“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. “We are glad as a result of this case, this information will become public for meetings at his personal residences — but it needs to be public for meetings at the White House as well.”
Earlier this year, Democrats proposed the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act, or MAR-A-LAGO Act, to force Trump to release visitor logs to the White House or other locations where he conducts official business.
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