Transparency: Lawsuit latest foray in battle for access to White House visitor logs

A lawsuit was filed this week to obtain visitor logs to the White House and Trump homes in New York and Florida. After legal action against President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama released logs monthly albeit with numerous exceptions. (Politico, April 10, 2017, by Josh Gerstein)

Filed by several nonprofits including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the lawsuit is asking that the Trump administration to post the logs on a White House website page dedicated to the posting. “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,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder. (International Business Tmes, April 11, 2017, by Ishani Roy)

Andy Kroll of Mother Jones reported on March 6, 2017 that eight Democratic senators visited Trump to ask him to disclose the logs especially given his refusal to divest from his businesses and his conducting his affairs at private residences.