Donald Trump was sued by two advocacy groups and others over the secrecy surrounding White House, Trump Tower and Mar-A-Lago visitor logs.
Trump is being sued by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington (CREW) and Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University to force the White House to make the visitor logs available to the public.
The complaint states:
This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. §552, and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201–2202, for injunctive, declaratory, and other appropriate relief.Plaintiffs challenge the failure of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to disclose to them records of visits to the White House and to President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower residences that the Secret Service, a component of DHS, maintains.
This case seeks declaratory relief that DHS is in violation of the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(a), by refusing to search for and provide plaintiffs with all responsive documents on an expedited basis, and injunctive relief ordering DHS to process and release to plaintiffs immediately the requested records.
“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 in a news release.
“Given the many issues we have already seen in this White House with conflicts of interest, outside influence, and potential ethics violations, transparency is more important than ever, so we had no choice but to sue.”
“This is a case about the public’s right to know who wields influence over the most powerful office in our government,” said Knight’s Alex Abdo.
“In our view, the Freedom of Information Act requires the government to make this information available to the public,” he added.