The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was sued on Monday by a group of nonprofit organizations seeking to obtain records of visitors to President Trump’s homes.
The Secret Service maintains the records, and is accused in the lawsuit of ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests for lists of visitors to the White House, Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the president’s Palm Beach, Florida, estate, Mar-a-Lago.
The groups filing the complaint in Manhattan federal court included the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the National Security Archive, and Kate Doyle, an archive researcher.
CREW filed a similar lawsuit against the Obama administration in 2009 which led to the eventual disclosure of White House visitor logs—reportedly 5.99 million records.
After Trump’s inauguration, the website where White House visitor logs could be accessed featured this message: “This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available.”
In March, Democratic legislators insisted that Trump make logs public again.
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