Mar-A-Lago Visitor Logs To Become Public, If They Exist

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An ethics watchdog group won a lawsuit to obtain records of who has been visiting President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort since he became president.

President Barack Obama began releasing, with some exceptions, White House visitor logs in 2009 in response to four lawsuits brought by CREW.

In April, CREW, NSA and Knight sued DHS under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to attain visitor information from Mar-a-Lago, the White House and Trump Tower in New York City. As a part of the decision, visitor logs at the White House are now set to be kept secret until at least five years after President Trump leaves office. But if there now no visitor log at Mar-a-Lago, what will be released?

The administration cited "the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually" earlier this year in its decision to reverse the Obama administration's policy of releasing the White House logs.

The federal judge overseeing the case ordered late last week that the administration "complete its search for and processing of responsive 'records of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, ' and produce any non-exempt responsive records" by September 8, according to court documents.

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In the meantime, Politico has created an unofficial database of White House visitors, according to its website. The records were released in long lists that failed to note why the visitors were there.

The court has asked for "records of presidential visitors", but it is not yet clear how broadly that is defined. In just his first 100 days, he spent almost a quarter of his time at his beach side resort in Florida.

On March 6, eight senators sent letters to Trump and the head of the US Secret Service complaining about the absence of visitor logs, underlining that it provides the American public with insight into who is lobbying the Trump administration. It noted at the time, "President Trump has spent 5 of his first 9 weekends in office at Mar-a-Lago", and that "visitors to Mar-a-Lago do not undergo the same background checks as White House visitors and visitor access records to the club have not been released to the public".

"What that means is somewhat of a mystery, but whatever records they kept, we will be getting", he added.

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