The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington just reported that the visitor records for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., won’t be released on September 8th, as a federal judge previously ruled. They will be made public one week later on September 15th.
“Lawyers for the government have informed us that they will not be able to release the Mar-a-Lago visitor records by the September 8th deadline set by the Court,” the statement read. “We have agreed to a one-week extension.”
The visitor logs for Trump’s Florida resort have been a focus of contention for months. The president has spent several weekends there since taking office, and there is a now a lawsuit to make those who have visited with the president public information.
“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a July statement.
The Department of Homeland Security said it would turn over the visitor logs, and CREW stated that they would make the list public. CREW joined the lawsuit to get the information by the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. These groups also sued for the White House visitor logs which also haven’t been released to the public.
Mar-a-Lago is on track to be hit by Hurricane Irma later this week. The statement from CREW did not say whether the week-long delay is because of the impending storm.
Do you think these organizations are right in suing for the visitor logs to be made public? Do you believe the president has anything to hide?
Credit: Washington Examiner