ETHICS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington said Monday [7-17-17] that President Donald Trump’s administration will have to release visitor records for his private Mar-a-Lago club in response to a lawsuit it filed — though it’s far from clear it will get what it’s looking for.
CREW, which filed suit with the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University for logs of visitors from Mar-a-Lago, the White House and Trump Tower, said the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to release Mar-a-Lago’s logs by Sept. 8. The group has vowed to share the records publicly.
‘The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,’ said Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director. ‘We are glad that 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 declared it a ‘MAJOR CREW VICTORY’ in a tweet Monday morning, but it’s unclear what records the group will receive. POLITICO reported in March that despite efforts from Democrats to obtain records of who’s coming in and out of Trump’s private clubs, no one is actually keeping track.”
-Nolan D. Mccaskill and Darren Samuelsohn, “Watchdog group says Trump will have to turn over Mar-a-Lago visitor records,” Politico, July 17, 2017 11:09am