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Open the White House visitor logs
25 April 2017, 12:58 | Stacy Allen
White House decides against releasing visitor records
The Obama administration didn't release all records of visitors to the White House, as the president reserved the ability to withhold names of those who visited for purely personal reasons or those who participated in sensitive meetings on subjects like court appointments.
The Trump administration's decision to keep the records secret means no documentation of any White House comings and goings will be routinely released while Trump is in office, though officials said information could be released case by case.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said Friday that it would not disclose the names of people who have visited the White House, ending a policy of President Barack Obama's that was created to promote transparency. The changes have drawn intense criticism from government ethics advocates across the city. "It's the same policy that every administration had, up until the Obama administration".
"It's the exact opposite of 'draining the swamp", Donnelly said, referring to Trump's pledge to usher in a more ethical and less corrupt era in Washington.
But Obama also was hit with an open records lawsuit before he started releasing visitor names.
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"This kind of secrecy will allow big donors, lobbyists and special interests to have unknown levels of influence in the White House", The Washington Post quoted Donnelly as saying.
The White House announced Friday that it would not be releasing the logs.
In 2009, Obama chose to make his visitor logs public after four similar lawsuits by CREW.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer brushes a fly off his head as he talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 17, 2017.
The New York Times, in collaboration with Pro Publica, an investigative news service, reported that after analysing reports from lobbyists and interviews with ethics officials, it appears that at least two of Trump's appointees in the White House may have violated ethics rules.
The policy permitted some exceptions to disclosure, including private visits to the Obama family. Scavino and Associates, an LLC tied to White House social media director Dan Scavino, received nearly $17,000.
Delaney (MD-6) is a cosponsor of legislation that would require the disclose of visitor logs at the White House, the Vice President's residence and any place the President regularly conducts business, including the Mar-A-Lago resort. Udall, who introduced a bill last month to mandate publication of visitor logs, asked Friday.
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