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Trump sued for not releasing White House guest logs

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Three associations are suing the Trump organization for not making open the records that show who is going to the White House.

 

The National Security Archive, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have all documented a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requiring the arrival of the logs.

 

The suit has formally been recorded against the Department of Homeland Security, as the associations say the Secret Service has not given the log data in spite of FOIA solicitations.

 

“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,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

“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 three groups are asking not just for the records of who is going to the White House, however for documents that show who is meeting the president at his private properties in New York and Florida.

 

President Trump has every now and again met with world pioneers at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, recently when he deliberated with Chinese President Xi Jinping a week ago.

 

The Obama organization said in September 2009 that it would start discharging the logs after CREW documented numerous claims, the association said.

 

“President Obama routinely released the data we’re seeking with no damage to presidential privilege, and this information is central to the Secret Service mission and thus apparently agency records subject to FOIA,” Tom Blanton, the chief of the National Security Archive, said in a statement.

 

Another employee of the National Security Archive said it documented the first FOIA identified with Trump on Jan. 23.

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