A government watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has won a major victory.
On Monday morning the group announced that the Department of Homeland Security will make public the visitor logs of those that have visited Mar-a-lago and the White House, beginning September 8th. The Hill reports:
CREW, the National Security Archive, and the Knight First Amendment Institute sued for logs to Trump Tower, the White House, and Mar-a-Lago to be released. Their lawsuit on White House logs is pending, and DHS claims to have no records for visitors to Trump Tower, according to a statement from CREW.
The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. “We are glad 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.”
Senate Democrats earlier this year proposed the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act, or MAR-A-LAGO Act, to force Trump to release visitor logs to the White House or other locations where he conducts official business.
The notification that these logs will be released is a major victory for watchdog groups who have been attempting to get a copy of them for months.
No doubt these records will be poured over and examined by the media to look for any other sign of collusion or illegal activity.