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FOIA News: Watchdog demands cause for White House refusal to release Mar-a-Lago visitor logs

FOIA News (2017)Kevin SchmidtComment

Watchdog demands cause for White House refusal to release Mar-a-Lago visitor logs

By Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill, Sept. 20, 2017

An ethics watchdog on Wednesday filed a motion requesting that a federal court compel the government to provide cause as to why it did not release the bulk of visitor logs from Mar-a-Lago.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), along with the Knight First Amendment Institute and the National Security Archive, filed the motion after the Trump administration last week rebuffed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“[T]he government has repeatedly represented to the Court and to plaintiffs that the Secret Service was processing and would produce all non-exempt records for presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago, a process it claimed would require months,” the motion said. 

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