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FOIA News: White House to stop voluntary release of visitor logs

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White House Says It Will No Longer Release Visitor Logs To The Public

By Merritt Kennedy, NPR, Apr. 14, 2017

The Trump administration says it will not make public the names of those visiting the White House, reversing the Obama administration's policy.

White House communications director Michael Dubke said in a statement that the decision was due to the "the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually," NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

Dubke added that the logs would be disclosed "as outlined under the Freedom of Information Act." FOIA does not apply to the president or his immediate staff.

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