Politics Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs to Be Released Due to Lawsuit

20:25  17 july  2017
20:25  17 july  2017 Source:   Newsweek

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oh man CREW is getting (and releasing ) Mar - a - Lago visitor logs , starting Sept 8 pic.twitter.com/tNqfDam5IK. MAJOR CREW VICTORY: as part of our lawsuit , the gov't has to turn over Mar - a - Lago visitor records by Sept.

The Department of Homeland Security will release Mar - a - Lago visitor records as part of an ongoing lawsuit from three watchdog groups. In a statement on its website, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Thanks to a lawsuit from an ethics group, the Trump administration is about to get a little more transparent: The Mar-a-Lago visitor logs will be released.: Mar A Lago© Carlos Barria/Reuters Mar A Lago

The Trump administration has done much to shroud itself from public view. Cameras have been banned from press conferences. Journalists from prominent news outlets have been barred from attending briefings. The visitor logs from the White House, Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, Trump's "winter White House" in Palm Beach, Florida, have not been made public.

Now, the latter effort to avoid transparency has been at least partially thwarted. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on Monday announced that on September 8 it will obtain the visitor logs from Mar-a-Lago and subsequently make them public.

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Golf Club.[16] In July 2010, Trump filed another lawsuit aiming to stop the airport from constructing a second commercial runway.[65] That suit was dismissed.[64]. "New: Senators call for release of visitor logs from Trump’s Mar - a - Lago ".

Lawsuit Seeks Same White House Visitor Log Data Routinely Released by Obama. Our Lawsuit in the News. "As Trump Continues Mar - A - Lago Trips, Watchdogs Want To Know Who's Joining Him," by Greg Allen, NPR, April 13, 2017.

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Access to Mar-a-Lago's visitor logs comes by way of a lawsuit filed in April against the Department of Homeland Security. Along with the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, CREW sued the DHS to obtain the visitor records for Mar-a-Lago, the White House and Trump Tower. The lawsuit is still pending in regard to the White House, and the DHS has said it does not have records of visitors to Trump Tower.

“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW's 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.”

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The Obama White House had at first refused to release the logs . Related: Who's visiting the White House and Mar - a - Lago ? The new lawsuit comes about a month after Democratic lawmakers urged the Trump administration to extend the Obama policy of posting White House visitor logs online, and

“The initiation fees at Mar - A - Lago — where people are getting uncommon access to the president and his top advisers — have just doubled to 0,000. By refusing to release the White House visitor logs

CREW brought lawsuits against the Obama administration for similar reasons, and the White House logs became public in September 2009. “We hoped that the Trump administration would follow the precedent of the Obama administration and continue to release visitor logs, but unfortunately they have not,” Bookbinder said in April after the lawsuit was filed. “Given the many issues we have already seen in this White House with conflicts of interest, outside influence and potential ethics violations, transparency is more important than ever, so we had no choice but to sue.”

The visitors log at Mar-a-Lago is pertinent, as Trump has used the Florida residence to conduct official presidential business. He has spent 25 days at his South Florida estate since taking office and used it to host foreign leaders such as Japanese President Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He shared a "beautiful" piece of chocolate cake with the latter as the United States bombed Syria.

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