As part of a lawsuit for the release of President Trump’s visitor logs, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute were today scheduled to receive the visitor logs for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for the dates 1/20/17-3/8/17. Instead, the government turned over a list of 22 names from the Japanese Prime Minister’s trip. They can be accessed at the links below.
The lawsuit for the release of the White House visitor logs remains ongoing. In 2009, the Obama administration settled four lawsuits from CREW by agreeing to regularly release the White House visitor logs.
CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder issued the following statement:
“After waiting months for a response to our request for comprehensive visitor logs from the President’s multiple visits to Mar-a-Lago and having the government ask for a last minute extension, today we received 22 names from the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to Mar-a-Lago and nothing else. The government does not believe that they need to release any further Mar-a-Lago visitor records. We vehemently disagree. The government seriously misrepresented their intentions to both us and the court. This was spitting in the eye of transparency. We will be fighting this in court.”