A political ethics watchdog group will publish visitor logs from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he has spent numerous weekends and met with foreign officials since his inauguration.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive (NSA), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University will release the visitor logs from Trump’s resort after they receive them in September, CREW said in a news release.
The visitor logs are expected to be delivered to the group by Sept. 8, they said.
“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 that 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.”
The groups have also sued for the release of visitor logs to the White House and Trump Tower in addition to the Mar-a-Lago records, CREW said. The Department of Homeland Security said it does not have records of visitors coming to Trump Tower.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration said it would keep White House visitor logs secret to protect the privacy of those who visit. The policy would keep White House logs, which are compiled by the U.S. Secret Service, secret until five years after Trump leaves office.
President Barack Obama’s administration did make many White House visitor logs public after first attempting to keep them private; however, some logs were redacted.
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