The visitor logs for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate will soon be public thanks to a lawsuit filed by a political watchdog group.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced that as a result of their claim, the Department of Homeland Security must now turn over the visitor logs to Mar-a-Lago by September 8.
CREW also sued to have the White House visitor logs released. That lawsuit is still pending in the courts.
The Trump administration announced in April they had no intention of releasing the White House records voluntarily, a move panned by ethic watchdog groups, including CREW.
“It’s disappointing that the man who promised to ‘drain the swamp’ just took a massive step away from transparency by refusing the release the White House visitor logs that the American people have grown accustomed to accessing over the last six years,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of CREW said after the Trump admin broke tradition by keeping the White House records secret.
In response to the pending release of the Mar-a-Lago, Bookbinder issued a new statement, applauding the victory, but pointing out the fight was not yet won.
“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” Bookbinder said. “We are glad as a result of this case, this information will become public for meetings at his personal residences — but it needs to be public for meetings at the White House as well.”
The group had also sued to have the Trump Tower records released, however, according to the building management the records do not exist.