FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Following the government’s filing that they had no “set of records that would reflect Presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder issued the following statement:
“From the outset, the government represented to us and the court that while they would fight the release of White House visitor records, they would produce records of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, and their representations and the length of time they requested sent the clear signal that there would be far more than the 22 names we received. So we were surprised and disappointed that they reneged, now claiming, ‘it was determined that there is no grouping, listing, or set of records that would reflect Presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago.’ Surely, the Japanese Prime Minister’s delegation is not the only presidential visitors for whom clearance was sought. We will be pressing the court for the full set of records that does exist. If the government’s statement is true, however, and there really are no records documenting the many people President Trump has met with at Mar-a-Lago, the government has just revealed that everyone from lobbyists to foreign agents can buy secret access to the president — without accountability or even a simple record — by paying his personal business. And that is terrifying.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Jordan Libowitz at 202-408-5565 or [email protected]zensforethics.