I honestly don’t know how much effort has been put into gaining access to the visitor logs for Trump’s White House. The administration is still less than 100 days in.
I say it’s a bit of jumping the gun, but according to a report from The Hill, three organizations are wasting no time in suing Trump’s administration for a look at his WH visitor logs.
The National Security Archive, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have all filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) calling for the release of the logs.
No, seriously. Did they at least ask, first, or is it straight to the lawsuit?
I guess the answer is that they did make a FOIA request to the Secret Service, who have yet to comply. This lawsuit is against the Department of Homeland Security.
“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.”
I need to point out here that they had to sue the Obama administration to get at those visitor logs, as well. It’s not like they asked and the Obama White House immediately handed them over, so let’s not get it twisted and pretend Obama was the model for transparency.
We all know that despite BO’s claims, it was far from transparent.
Along with the White House visitor logs, they’re hoping to get a look at who is visiting with Trump at what he calls the “southern White House,” his Florida Mar-a-Lago club, and his properties in New York.
He’s been wining and dining foreign diplomats on the regular, since taking office.
They made their first request of Trump’s administration on January 23, 2017 – just three days after Trump’s inauguration.
And for the record, I absolutely believe we should know who is coming and going from our White House, as well as who our president is entertaining in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief.
But c’mon. How many visitors could he actually have in three days?
I guess we’ll find out.