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Press is on for disclosure of White House visitor logs

Three organizations filed an appeal in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to obtain White House visitor logs and lists of presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties. The National Security Archive, the Knight First Amendment Institute and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington contend that the records are agency records subject to the Freedom of Information Act and not presidential records that can only be obtained five years after a president leaves office. (National Security Archive, January 8, 2019)

In 2017 the Trump administration released only two pages concerning Mar-a-Lago visits in response to the FOIA lawsuit from the three organizations, those dealing with the arrival of the Japanese prime minister. Although the administration claims there they did not track visitors at Mar-a-Lago, the Secret Service has extensive records from their screening of visitors. (National Security Archive, October 5, 2017)

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