Group says it will release visitor logs for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Democratic senators have demanded them. Lawsuits have been filed. Now visitor logs for President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach will be released.

Nonprofit government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, announced Monday morning that as part of an ongoing lawsuit, the Department of Homeland Security will release the logs to the organization by Sept. 8. CREW said it then plans to make public the lists of who has visited Trump’s exclusive social club.

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“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a news release. “We are glad that as a result of this case, this information will become public for meetings at his his personal residences—but it needs to be public for meetings at the White House as well.”

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Since taking office in January, Trump has visited Mar-a-Lago seven times. Following Trump’s first two trips to the club, eight Democratic senators in March called for the Trump administration to release the logs for both Mar-a-Lago and the White House.

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That group, which did not include either senator from Florida, also requested more information on how Mar-a-Lago guests were being screened.

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CREW also is suing the government to release lists of visitors to Trump Tower in New York and the White House. The organization said Monday that the Department of Homeland Security told it there are no visitor logs for Trump Tower. The lawsuit over the White House visitor logs is ongoing.

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During President George W. Bush’s administration, CREW challenged the White House’s decision not to release visitor logs, a lawsuit that carried into President Barack Obama’s first term. The Obama White House chose to make the logs public after two federal judges ruled in favor of CREW.

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