Trump faces lawsuit from groups seeking visitor logs at White House and beyond

The Trump administration is being sued by three organizations for its failure to disclose just who has visited the president during his first 100 days in office.

While the practice of disclosing who has visited the Oval Office was begun by the  administration of former President Barack Obama — albeit, in response to a similar lawsuit — the administration of current President Donald Trump has signaled that it will be reviewing the practice before continuing it. During the Obama administration, about 6 million names were disclosed on the visitor logs.

In March, a group of Democratic senators sent a letter to the Trump administration, urging that they keep the practice going, saying it was necessary to “help dispel concerns that the wealthy and the well-connected have unfair access to [the] White House.”

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit want to compel the Trump administration into continuing the policy. Three organizations are formally suing the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service. The three organizations include the National Security Archive, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

“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.

The lawsuit also seeks to require the administration to disclose visitors to Trump’s many private locations, including properties in New York and his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

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