LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A new lawsuit is demanding that a log of visitors to the White House and to President Donald Trump’s homes in New York and Florida be released to the public.
The suit, set to be filed Monday in federal court in New York, contends that the Secret Service is in violation of the law by failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for details on visitors to the White House and other locations where Mr. Trump has spent time since taking office.
In 2009, President Barack Obama’s administration became the first to routinely release logs of White House visits, eventually disclosing nearly 6 million visits or appointments at the White House complex. The Obama White House billed the disclosures as voluntary, but they were established in an effort to settle a lawsuit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington brought seeking visitor logs from President George W. Bush’s administration.
The Trump White House has not said whether it will maintain the practice of disclosing visitor logs, although officials have maintained a page for such releases on the White House website.”
-Josh Gerstein, “New suit demands Trump White House visitor logs,” Politico, April 10, 2017 7:16am